Nov 29, 2021  
2019-2020 University Bulletin 
    
2019-2020 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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MUS 278 - The Beatles

3 hours
Few artistic entities had as large an impact on our popular culture as The Beatles. In this course, we explore their background, history, development, evolution, and legacy on multiple fronts. We look at the Beatles’ core competencies, expert craftsmanship, and uncompromising will. We look at how they specifically changed the state of contemporary songwriting, recording technology, music business practices, television and radio trends, marking techniques, and social norms. We look at who adored them and why. We sidestep the hype and attempt to analyze how the Beatles lead a community of new-thinking artists and consumers into an unpredictable musical and social landscape that they were creating and the complex relationship that exists between uniquely innovative creativity, commerce, technology, and consequences. Even students who are not fans of the Beatles will learn how their impact on our current pop culture is still resonating and influencing today’s artists.

This course will satisfy the core area requirement in fine arts.



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