Music and Downtown New York|
Spring 2015 not offered
This course will explore the history, interconnections, and simultaneous flourishing of four distinct music communities that inhabited and shaped downtown New York: Euro-American experimentalists; an African American jazz-based avant-garde; blues and folk revivalists; and Lower East Side rock groups. The primary focus will be on the 1950s and 60s, although we will also cover subsequent developments. Much of the course will be devoted to understanding their points of convergence and divergence, especially in conversation with broader currents of the time (e.g., the Civil Rights Movement and related notions of freedom, shifting youth subcultures, and avant-garde aesthetics). We will read about and listen to recordings of a wide variety of musicians, identify aesthetic and cultural trends, and study the local industry that supported them.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(MUSC)
Van Ronk, Dave and Elijah Wald, THE MAYOR OF MACDOUGAL STREET (2nd edition, 2013)
Articles and chapters, available on moodle:
Banes, Sally, GREENWICH VILLAGE 1963: AVANT-GARDE PERFORMANCE AND THE EFFERVESCENT BODY, 1993, Durham: Duke University Press
Baraka, Amiri, BLACK MUSIC, 1968, New York: William Morrow.
Beard, Rick and Cohen Berlowitz, Leslie, (eds.) GREENWICH VILLAGE: CULTURE AND COUNTERCULTURE, 1993, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press
Dylan, Bob, CHRONICLES, VOL. 1, 2004, New York: Simon and Schuster.
Heylin, Clinton, FROM THE VELVETS TO THE VOIDOIDS: A PRE-PUNK HISTORY FOR A POST-PUNK WORLD, 1993, New York: Penguin
Johnson, Steven (ed.), THE NEW YORK SCHOOLS OF MUSIC AND VISUAL ARTS, 2002, New York: Routledge.
Kelley, Robin D. G., THELONIOUS MONK: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL, 2009, New York: Free Press.
Szwed, John, SPACE IS THE PLACE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SUN RA, 1998, New York: Da Capo.
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