Folklore | Motown
F609 | 0324 | Sykes


This course is a comprehensive survey of the development of Motown
Record Corporation, with emphasis on its Detroit Era, 1959-1972.
Through lecture, demonstration, discussion, research, analytical, and
audio-visual experiences, the course seeks to illuminate: 1. the
relationship between the music, structure, and activities of Motown
Record Corporation to their aesthetic and socio-cultural foundations,
and 2. the significance of Motown to the history and culture of
America.  Within five (5) units of instruction, the course will
explore issues related to the people, musical works, creative
processes, management practices, events, communication media,
technology, and socio-cultural factors that contributed to the
identity of Motown as a unique artistic, commercial, and cultural
phenomenon.