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MUR 147: Concept Albums: Art of Pop: Home

This course explores how and why pop musicians create concept albums: full-length studio albums organized around a single compositional or narrative theme. Josef Hanson

Welcome to the Art/Music Library

 

Welcome to the Art/Music Library. Please ask us for help! Our librarians and student workers at the desk can help you find resources and information. 

Visit us here! http://www.library.rochester.edu/artmusic/home

  • The Art/Music Library is located on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library. All scores (M call numbers) and music books (ML and MT call numbers) are located on the open shelves within the Art/Music Library, as are current copies of our music magazines and journals.
  • CDs are kept in the back and may be requested from the desk. LPs are stored in the Art stacks. 
  • Recordings may be listened to in the Art/Music library or checked out for a limited time period.
  • Reference books are located in the rear left nook.
  • Finale and Sibelius music-writing programs are available at two of our work stations. Please ask at the desk.

About this course

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.

Useful for this course

 

 

The following books, and others like them, may be useful for your research. You can check them out from the Library!

Frequently Used Music Links

Music Databases

Government Information, Economics, Law and Music Librarian

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Kathy Wu
                             
        Chat is unavailable, feel free to email me.      
   
Contact:
585-273-5322
I am available for one-on-one consultation, which will be conducted at Rush Rhees Q&i desk.

I am also the librarian for the English for Academic Purposes Program.
Website

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