Rock Narratives and Teaching Popular Music: Audiences and Critical Issues

Andrew Flory


This essay is a response to David Blake’s “Between a Rock and a Popular Music Survey Course: Technological Frames and Historical Narratives iin Rock Music.” Engaging Blake’s view of rock history as a problemtatic dominant discourse in popular music teaching, I discuss my view of the relationship between “rock” and “popular” music, the role of texbooks in maintaining or furthering pedagogical topics, and different audiences for popular music courses in modern university and college teaching. I then reflect on the manner in which I incorporate critical viewpoints into my teaching, and make several observations concerning narratives widely accepted in popular music teaching.


popular music; rock music; music appreciation; textbooks; world music; amateur culture; performance practice

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