Documenting Popular Music/ians

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Documenting Popular Music/ians
Spring 2024
Taught By: Lindsey Eckenroth
Section: AX

CRN: 14888

Credits: 4

Popular music documentary films shape how audiences come to know, value, hear, consume, and identify with popular music and those who create it. This course surveys documentaries since the 1960s to analyze representations of multiple genres as musical and social practices, including folk, (neo-)soul, punk, heavy metal, hip-hop, grunge, riot grrrl, and K-pop. Central to our inquiry will be the ways documentaries (de)construct star images, especially in relation to race, gender, and class; negotiate tensions between mass culture and individual “authenticity;” historically and geographically contextualize subcultural scenes; and assemble sounds and images of fans, live musical performances, and other archival materials. The coursework includes ten required films to watch outside of classtime, and students will create either a documentary short or an interview for their final project.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:46am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 002
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024