This is a paper that focuses on the relationship between popular music and social change from 1900 to 1975. The paper also provides further questions to answer the assignment paper.
Relationship between popular music and social change from 1900 to 1975
Your chosen artwork(s) must have been released within the module timeline (1900-1975). •Please ensure that your essay adheres to the conventions of Harvard citation. •Essays should be submitted in double line-spacing, and adhere to all other formatting standards detailed. Learning Outcomes:
1. Firstly, consider the relationship between popular music and social change.
2. Secondly, evaluate the contribution of a key artist from 1900 to 1975. 3. Apply academic resources to construct an informed argument. Essay Titles to chose one: ( I chose number 11) 1. Critically evaluate a collection of Woody Guthrie’s songs in relation to the themes of Marxism and social class. 2. Discuss the theme of secularisation as it relates to the evolution of twentieth century popular music, with reference to an album by Ray Charles or Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
3. Thirdly, ‘Simultaneously acclaimed and vilified, Elvis Presley personified the excitement and fears identified with rock ‘n’ roll. Moreover, as a figure who thoroughly encompassed within his celebrity the volatile issues of class, race, and age that shook the postwar South, he embodied the conflict and tension of a southern world in transition’ (Bertrand, 2000, p. 23)*. Explore an album by Elvis Presley in relation to the themes of race and/or social class.
4. Fourthly, discuss the emergence and evolution of The Beatles in the 1960s, focusing on an album, in relation to social class in postwar Britain and/or postmodernism.
5. Also, critically discuss one of Bob Dylan’s 1960s albums, exploring it in relation to one or more of the following themes: race, class, and/or postmodernism.
6. Additionally, evaluate one of Nina Simone’s 1960s albums in relation to the Black Arts Movement, and at least one of the following themes: race, class, gender.
7. Critically discuss one of the following artists, focusing on an album, in relation to the themes of gender 8. Analyse an album by Gil Scott-Heron or The Last Poets in relation to the Black Arts Movement and one or more of the following themes: race, class, and/or Marxism. 9. Discuss the 1960s counterculture, its demise, and the growth of proto-punk in relation to an album by The Stooges with reference to the theme of social class. 10. Analyse an album by David Bowie in relation to the themes of gender, sexuality, and/or postmodernism.
11. Finally, critically evaluate a pre-1975 Black Sabbath album in relation to the theme of social class in postwar Britain.
This assignment asks you to evaluate the social, cultural and political context of an important and influential album release (or a collection of songs) in the period 1900 to 1975. Choose an artist from this period and examine their relationship to the cultural and also social framework of their era with reference to an important or influential album. (If the artist did not release any albums you may choose a collection of representative songs.)
Additionally, analyse and evaluate your chosen artist in relation to their impact on music and popular culture and their relationship to the themes of this module. (class, race, gender, world events, technology, religion, etc.) as they are relevant. Essays should be neatly presented in accordance with academic conventions. Your work should incorporate the relevant course themes and demonstrate engagement with suitable reading.
Lastly, source material should reflect appropriate academic standards. Also, include material from the course book list, peer review journals, and other relevant texts. All written work submissions should be accompanied by a reference list.
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