Madonna’s rise to pop music dominance in the 1980s set the stage for a pop explosion – but not without its own controversies and questions regarding what was “acceptable” behaviour for women in music and society. Fashioning her own image as a sexually confidant women Madonna moved the post-punk battle into the area of mainstream popular music, a move that resulted in an entire new generation of pop icons including Britney Spears, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. These performers altered the pop landscape and challenged the category of rock in the post Madonna world. This Rock and Roll Night School will explore what it means for female performers to challenge conventions while also situating themselves as icons within popular culture.
This event is free and reservations are not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education department presents Rock and Roll Night School, a monthly series of educational, discussion-based evening classes offered free of charge from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The award-winning education department leads the classes, which are geared towards adults interested in gaining more knowledge about rock and roll history. The program explores the history of rock and roll from its roots to its current incarnations.
Special attention is given to the music’s impact on society, its reception by fans, and its most innovative practitioners. Each class includes a presentation, music and video clips, and group discussions.
Unless otherwise noted, RSVPs are not needed to attend Rock and Roll Night School.