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Cosmic Cowboys, Armadillos, and Outlaws: Austin Music History

Course Number Course Title Semester Day and Time Instructor Course Fee
AMS 321 Cosmic Cowboys, Armadillos, and Outlaws: Austin Music History Fall 2012   MW 7:30-9 Jason Mellard $550.00

Description: The city of Austin calls itself the "Live Music Capital of the World," and its reputation as a center for music and the arts is both international in scope and indelibly Texan. This class historicizes Austin's claims to significance in American music history by focusing on the years of the 1970s in which the city fashioned itself as an alternative center of country music production to Nashville. Youth counterculture collided with traditional Texan musical forms to create the hybrid genre of "progressive country," or so the story goes. In this course, we will chart the creation of these "hippie-redneck" narratives so important to the city's civic identity, as well as interrogate such stories for alternate visions of the city's past.

Official UT Course Description: A study of America through its geography, language, government, or cultures. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Prerequisites: Freshman English and at least 24 college hours or consent of University Extension.