MUS 470A

Final Exam Study Guide
(Everything ... including 1990s Rock)

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There will be five listening examples ('90s artists).  You will be asked to state the usual:  song title, artist/band, and a couple of musical characteristics/decade.

Many questions are multiple choice.  There will be a few short answer.

Know the three styles that are typically thought of when the term "alternative" music is mentioned.

Be able to identify the decade of initial prominence for a dozen or so rock artists/groups  ('50s, '60s, '70s, '80s or '90s).  There will be a "little" flexibility here with some artists, but not all.

Be able to provide the name of an artist/group associated with any of the styles/genres of music we have studied.  

There is a grunge band that has experimented in a manner not terribly unlike the Beatles.  Might wanna know which one.

There will be some blasts from the past, such as:  knowing the styles that combined to form rock and roll, the producer who is known for the wall of sound, what sets rock music apart from, say, traditional pop music, etc., etc.

A couple '90s artists produced bilingual recordings.  Know who. 

Know how many units must be sold for an album to go gold or platinum (since 1989).

Yeow, there's gonna be a whole page or more of music styles along with a description of those styles.  Matching, of course.

There will be a few general questions about 1990s groups.  Primarily, be familiar with the categories into which the groups fall, etc.

Be familiar with Sub Pop Records.  Who?  What?  When?  Where?  etc.

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