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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

MUS 3.02 American Music: Covers, Theft, and Musical Borrowing

Nearly every genre of American music is marked by its re-invention, adaptation, or outright theft of music from other cultures. We will study a wide cross-section of American music through the prism of musical borrowing. Our perspective includes songwriters, composers, and sound artists in rap, pop, rock, jazz, film, and the avant-garde. Readings on the aesthetics of cover songs, quotations, and plunderphonics will inform our engagement with American music and its sources.



Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:ART; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.


  • Winter