Women who rock
the memoir project
"Issues in Popular Music: Women Who Rock" is an undergraduate honors course that focuses on the cultural narrative constructed by female musicians working in popular music from the 1920s to the present day. Students examine the impact these women and their music have had on issues involving civil rights, feminism, the counter culture, social injustices and war. With modules covering the development of various styles and genres, students' exploration cuts across cultures and ethnicity as they analyze the rise and fall of girl groups, the dynamics of mixed gender groups, and the social lyricism of various songwriters. Wanting to design an open-ended research project that allowed students to expand their musical knowledge, I created the memoir project.
Parsons, D. S. (2019)., Women who rock: the memoir project, in I. Medi, M. Dumnić Vilotijević & I. Medić (eds.), Contemporary popular music studies, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 63-70.
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