Contact information:

Prof. Amy Herzog, amy.herzog@qc.cuny.edu

Office: 102C, G-Building.   718-997-2956

Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm; additional hours available by appointment

Course Description:

This course will provide an overview of the history of the music industry in the United States.  Our approach to evolution of popular music will encompass a number of perspectives: technology, economics, industry structures, marketing, audiences, and artistic innovations and trends.  The course will be structured around a loose chronology, looking at the interactions of each of these facets during different time periods, while devoting time each week to listen to musical examples. We will also consider a range of critical approaches to popular music and performance (critical theory, political economy, cultural studies, feminist theory, queer theory), and discuss strategies for writing and thinking about pop music.


  • Andre Millard, America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound 2ND ED (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005). Available in the bookstore and at the reserve desk.

All additional readings are available on Blackboard, accessible through the CUNY portal at www.cuny.edu.

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