The history of Australian popular music presents us with a long and complex heritage. It reflects, in its very constitution, the lives of those who create it and is underscored by the dynamic relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. This unit of study will explore the continuing experience and influence of a wide range of music made in Australia, from songlines to bush ballads and dance anthems, Countdown and Rage. We will examine the folk revival of the 50s, pub rock of the 70s, reggae, punk and indie rock of the 80s and 90s as well as the emergence of the multiplicity of styles and expressions that mark the contemporary Australian music scene.
1 hr lecture + 1 hr tut/week
Analytical essay (1000 words) 20%; Tutorial presentation 20%; Listening test 20%; Research essay (3000 words) 40%.
Stratton, Jon Australian rock : essays on popular music (1st ed). Network Books, Perth, 2007. Walker, Clinton. Buried Country : the story of Aboriginal country music. Sydney: Pluto Press, 2000. Hayward, Philip. From pop to punk to postmodernism : popular music and Australian culture from the 1960s to the 1990s. North Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1992. Mitchell, Tony, Homan, Shane, Mitchell, Tony, 1949-, Monash University. Faculty of Arts and University of Technology, Sydney Sounds of then, sounds of now : popular music in Australia. ACYS, Hobart, 2008.
18 junior credit points.