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This course explores how and why pop musicians create concept albums: full-length studio albums organized around a single compositional or narrative theme. Examples include Quadrophenia (1973) by The Who, The Wall (1979) by Pink Floyd, American Idiot (2004) by Green Day, and the seven-part Metropolis series (2007-present) by Janelle Monáe. In addition to developing a broad perspective of the concept album’s significance within popular music history, each student will become an expert on one concept album of their choice and will share findings via a class presentation and final paper.
The following books, and others like them, may be useful for your research. You can check them out from the Library!