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High School and College

Wesleyan Course: Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy

This course compared three movements in which music played a crucial role:
  1. The Consciousness Movement leading up to Woodstock and beyond.
  2. The Civil Rights Movement leading into the Black Power Movement.
  3. The Women's Music Movement leading into different branches of commercial music (Lilith Fair) and alternative culture (Riot Grrrls)
Then the course looked at how music and musicians move into the marketplace, comparing and contrasting the music of movements and markets and looking at the inevitable overlap of the two.