The Same Old Song: Influence, Quotation, and Allusion in Popular Music

Christopher Doll (Music)

From the unconscious borrowing of established pitch and rhythmic patterns, to the deliberate sampling of fragments of older songs, intertextuality is ubiquitous in the world of popular music. This seminar will focus students' attention on musical details that raise issues of influence, quotation, and allusion. Starting with music of the 1950s, we will listen to artists such as Ray Charles, Elvis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Spinal Tap, Beastie Boys, Bjork, Radiohead, Danger Mouse, and Lady Gaga, and we will study musically intertextual musicals and films such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Royal Tenenbaums.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 21 index 07573