Welcome to the Library Resource Guide for POPULAR MUSIC AND SOCIETY IN LATIN AMERICA
MUSC 0021F (Music)
In this course we will examine how popular music shapes, and is shaped by, the broader environment through which it moves. Focusing on Caribbean, US Latino, and Brazilian styles of the twentieth century, we will study how Latin America’s social dynamics have constrained popular musicians’ artistic goals during the period in question, and influenced the way that performers and composers participate in ongoing cultural debates. We will study the way that musical styles become national symbols; how music becomes a medium of political activity; the shifts in musical activity wrought by industrialization and migration; the role of commercial concerns in driving musical change; and the challenges posed to local music scenes by globalization and American influence.
Joshua Tucker (email)