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Rebel Music


Section 996: online

Instructor: Robert Scafe


Section 995: online

Instructor: Nick LoLordo


“When the mode of music changes,” wrote Allen Ginsberg, “the walls of the city shake.” Ginsberg wrote at the beginning of the 1960s, that famous decade of upheaval—but his words paraphrased Plato’s Republic. This course invites students to critically examine the long association of music with rebellion from classical, to the folk revival, to contemporary styles such as hip-hop, punk rock, reggae and dub, and electronic music. How have music subcultures informed protest movements? What’s behind music fans’ criticism of “sell-out” artists? When is borrowing music from other cultures an expression of solidarity— and when is it theft?