Music Documentary in History and Practice

Description: (Formerly numbered 109.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Close analytical look at popular music documentaries and goals, methods, and challenges of making them. Almost all audio-visual material produced by music industry (whether distributed in theater, on television, from website, or through social media) aims to bring attention to music that artists make. General introduction to theory and practice of visual storytelling. Primary focus on screening and discussion of documentaries leading to development of culminating written project. Use of first quarter century of rock era (circa 1955-1980) as representative sample, but includes contemporary artists. P/NP or letter grading.

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