Music 205mp - Colloquium: Topics in Popular Music: Metal and Punk: Rock History Out Loud


Steve Waksman

TU TH 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Smith College
Sage 215
Heavy metal and punk rock have arguably been the definitive rock-and-roll styles of the post-1970 rock era. In this course, we explore metal and punk as interrelated musical genres, following their history and development and examining a range of social and musical issues along the way. Of particular importance will be the following: How and when did metal and punk emerge? What defines the two genres musically? What defines them socially? Taken together, how do they represent the changing status of rock music as a cultural and commercial form since 1970? Course limited to 20 students. 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.