90:254 Sociology of Folk, Blues and Roots Music [Grills]

Prerequisites: 6 credit hour of 100-level Anthropology, Sociology or Music Arts (67) or permission of Instructor.

Drawing from theories of popular culture this course examines folk music traditions as a social phenomenon. Topics include: the social type of the singer/song writer; marginality and artistic expression; the subculture of folk traditions; song writing, social problems and social control. Artists examined will vary but may include Billy Bragg, Greg Brown, Bruce Cockburn, Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, Melissa Ferrick, Emmylou Harris, Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, John Prine, Suzanne Vega and Lucinda Williams.

Cross-registered with (Anthropology) 12:254.

3 lecture hours per week, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 90:254 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Instructor: Scott Grills