For this assignment you need to read:
- https://www.npr.org/2020/06/05/870259123/the-new-sounds-of-protest-and-hope (Links to an external site.)
- “How Protest Works” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/21/opinion/sunday/how-protest-works.html (Links to an external site.)
Select 1 protest song that is associated with an extant or historical social movement (or a social cause). There are good examples in the first reading as well as below: (you are not limited to these examples)
- In a 600-700 word paper discuss the following:
- Select a verse from the song that you feel tells the story of the song. What does the lyrical content say about the contentious politics around this issue?
- Who is the intended audience for this song? How can music encourage people to participate in their community, their nation, and the world?
- Why did you choose this protest song and what does it say about your “worldview” (your beliefs around the issue)
- 15 points
** Please review the rubric to maximize your points for this assignment and integrate the ideas from the readings.
Verse/Song: The description: What does the lyrical content say about the contentious politics around this issue?
Audience: The description: Who is the intended audience for this song?
Activism: The description: How can music encourage people to participate in their community, their nation, and the world?
Application to you: The description: Why did you choose this protest song and what does it say about your “worldview” (your beliefs around the issue)
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These are the rubric.
- Black Liberation Movements
- “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson
- “Freedom” by Beyonce’ and Kendrick Lamar
- “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
- “The Revolution will not be Televised” Gil Scott-Heron
- “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” by James Brown
- “Alright” Kendrick Lamar
- “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2 (Live Version)
- Anti-Colonial / Political Corruption Movements
- “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley
- “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley
- “White Riot” by The Clash
- “American Idiot” by Green Day
- “Sleep Now In the Fire” by Rage Against the Machine
- “All I Need Is One Mic” by Nas
- Anti-Poverty / Urban Movements
- “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash
- “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy
- “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron
- “All I need is one mic” by Nas
- “Hallelujah Money” by Gorillaz
- Feminism / Women’s Movement
- “Just A Girl” by No Doubt
- “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
- “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox
- “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
- “Unity” by Queen Latifah
- “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain
- Gay Rights / Identity Movement
- “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
- “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
- “Americans” Janelle Monae’
- “Small Town Boy” Bronski Beat
- “Uprising of Love” Melissa Ethridge
- Anti-War Movements
- “What’s Going On” Marvin Gay
- “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan
- “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” by Phil Ochs
- “The Times They Are Changing” by Bob Dylan
- “For What It’s Worth” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
- “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish
- “Give Peace a Chance” by Plastic One Band
- “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
- Chicano Activism: https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/08/25/491373782/latin-roots-chicano-activism (Links to an external site.)
- If you use examples from here or other Spanish songs, please translate.