Music has often been about more than just entertainment. Because of the powerful impact music and lyrics have on thoughtful listeners, songs are a time-tested way to get important ideas across to large numbers of people. So it’s not surprising that music has often been in the center of social movements. This class will look at the ways music has been used as a force for social change and a voice for marginalized groups, starting with the blues in the early 20th century, moving through the explosion of activist music in the 1960s, punk rock in the 70s, the 1980s major media event activism (LiveAid, Amnesty Tours, FarmAid), and into the present day. Playlists will be provided on Spotify.
Webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session or for repeated viewings to provide extra practice and understanding.