Class Dates
12/26/2023 to 01/12/2024
Delivered By
Online Asynchronous
Thomas Bell
Meeting Times
Meets by Appt
Meeting Location
Distance Education

Inventing the Future/Underground Rock/1968-1993

MUSIC 171 - Class Number: 14239

Historical Perspectives Human Diversity within the U.S. General Education


An examination and consideration of what Roni Sarig described as "The Secret History of Rock: The most influential bands you never heard." This course explores underground music scenes and movements including, but not limited to the 1960s through the 1980s and how they came to influence mainstream music and culture. There is an examination of payola and the recording industry including the major record labels (RIAA) and radio as contrasted with independent (indie) record labels, the DIY (Do it yourself) approach of indie musicians and labels, and the rise of college radio. Includes discussion of the advent of digital music, peer-to-peer file sharing from Napster forward, and implications of technology on the future of music. Music movements explored include "20th Century Composers," "International Pop Underground," "Psychotic Reactions and Garage Rock," "Absurdists and Eccentrics," "Frayed Roots," "Krautrock," "Sound Sculptors," "Original Rappers," "The Post-Industrial Wasteland," "Riot Moms And Other Angry Women," "American Hardcore," "Post-Punk," and others.

  • Enrollment Note: January Intersession classes are listed in the Spring term when enrolling in KSIS.
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  • Instructor Thomas Bell's permission is required after 12/27/2023.

Student Requirements:

  • Internet access

Enrollment Dates
10/23/2023 to 12/26/2023
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