There is a lot of material here on a variety of music genres associated with social/political change historically in the United States (we'll learn more about present-day music next week). Note that I am not expecting you to become an expect in these subjects; this is meant as an introduction to give you an idea of how musicians contribute to change in society.
This week we are mainly concentrating on the socially/politically-charged music of the United States, but there are MANY artists who have had similar impact/significance in countries around the world. Although not included here, you are welcome to learn about any of them for Side Quest #4 (for instance, Google Victor Jara, a Chilean musician/political activist of the 1970s).
You are encouraged to just discuss whatever stood out to you, but if you need some prompts, here are some to choose from:
•What do you think? Does music affect social/political change, and vice versa?
•Have the musical movements of the past had any effect on music today? What about on social movements today?
•Why are we learning about these topics, and why should we care?
•The Riot Grrrl movement of the '90s has been criticized for being primarily about white women, excluding women of color. What do you think?
•Choose a couple songs by the artists you learned about in this lesson. What kind of message are they sending, and how did the public receive the songs? Why do you think so few of us know of these songs today? Feel free to link any songs in your discussion.
•We've only learned about US artists here for the sake of time, but we cannot discount the importance of other musical social activists of the past worldwide. If you learn of any, share their stories here.
You will have to goggle these videos.
The evolution of American protest music, Duration: 7:07
Billie Holiday-Strange fruit- HD, Duration: 3:03
Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam, Duration: 4:41
Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” has the charm of a happy song, but the lyrics tell a different story. The very title does not give away the message of...
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