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This is the current running order of sessions that are planned for the module. Some of the screenings may change slightly before Monday the 22nd of September, but it’s 90% complete at this point. [Update: the module is now finalised]

The weekly sessions will be organized as follows, as sessions are comprised out of a mixture of different modes of contact:

  • 2 x 90 minute lectures per week
  • 1 x 60 min workshop per week
  • 1 x 60 min group tutorial every other week (optional)
  • 1 x 60 min module leader officer hour each week (optional)
  • 1 x 120 min screening per week (optional)

Week 1

Lecture A: Orientation. Studying popular music: why and how?

Lecture B: Rock and roll and the popular music consumer

No screening in week 1


Week 2

Lecture A: I got the blues: American black popular music 1920-1970

Lecture B: Music and the American counter-culture

Screening: Born To Be Wild – The Golden Age of American Rock – Episode 1 (2014, BBC) [YouTube link] and The Summer of Love: How Hippies Changed The Word (2016, BBC) [YouTube link]


Week 3

Lecture A: Soul, funk and protest

Lecture B: Afrobeat: the politics of Fela Kuti

Screening: Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman) or Freedom Riders (2010, PBS) [YouTube link]


Week 4

Lecture A: Roots, rocks, reggae: the politics of Bob Marley

Lecture B: Black British music (KEITH HUSSEIN)

Screening: Reggae Britannia (2011, BBC) [YouTube link]


Week 5

Lecture A: From progressive to art rock: cultural capital and musical intellectualism

Lecture B: Heavy metal, heavy times

Screening: Prog Rock Britannia: An Observation in Three Movements (2009, BBC) [YouTube link]


Week 6

Lecture A: Blank generation: the history of punk

Lecture B: Post-punk, or rip it up and start again

Screening: Punk Britannia (2012, BBC) [YouTube link]


Week 7

Lecture A: Electric dreams: disco and dancing

Lecture B: From the street: the birth of hip-hop

Screening: Scratch (2001, Doug Pray) [YouTube link]


Week 8

Lecture A: From gangster rap to conspicuous consumption

Lecture B: Gender trouble: from rap to r&b

Screening: N.W.A. The World’s Most Dangerous Group (2008, VH1) [YouTube link]


Week 9

Lecture A: Electronic music production: technology, technique and talent

Lecture B: Moral panics, dance music and rave culture

Screening: Moral Panics: The Agony and the Ecstasy (2000, Open University/BBC2) [Veoh link] & The Chemical Generation (2000, Mark Soldinger) [YouTube link]

Week 10

Lecture A: Branding Britishness: Britpop

Lecture B: Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll

Screening: Live Forever (2003, John Dower) [YouTube link]

Week 11

Lecture A: Digital disruption and the music industry

Lecture B: New music marketing in the 21st century

Week 12

Lecture A: The boy (band)s are back in town

Lecture B: Women in pop music

Screening: One Direction: This is Us (2013, Morgan Spurlock)


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