This subject explores a range of rock music, from its roots in American music styles of the mid-twentieth century to the emergence of rock and proliferation of hybrid genres in the 1960s and 1970s. It will also examine subsequent developments like punk, heavy metal and grunge, and more recent recasting of rock idioms. The aesthetic foundations of rock music and culture will be analysed, as well as the music's creation, performance and modes of consumption.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
recognise (from audio and audio-visual sources) and contextualise different styles of rock music;
discuss critically the creation and consumption of rock music in the twentieth century;
undertake scholarly work using bibliographic tools.
On completion of this subject, students should have developed:
a capacity for independent critical thought;
an openess to new ideas;
knowledge, skills and practices which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing.