Jazz Chow      1139031                            MS2901                Advanced Topics in Media Studies
Political expressions in music:      Anti-establishment                   Protest Themes                                An...
“The Rolling Stone Illustrated History ofRock & Roll: the Definitive History of theMost Important Artists and Their Music”...
• Originated from American union  movement• Popular    music’s   impact    on  society• Raising awareness of social  injus...
• Folk / folk rock traditions• Civil rights movement anthems• “Multi-purpose”• Protest song “canon”
• Not a slave song• Originally derived from the hymn “I’ll  Overcome Some Day”• Original written by Charles Albert Tindley...
• Later adopted by labour movement activists• Suits any kind of struggle• Symbolizes unity and solidarity
• Traditionally political genre• Often left-wing political stance• People’s music, by the people, for the people• Unpreten...
• By the mid 1950s, politically charged folk  music disappeared from pop landscape• McCarthyism:  A campaign against alleg...
• Later 1950s, folk music became popular again  amongst college students• “Serious” music• Early 1960s, folk music became ...
• Pop bands also popularized the genre  -> folk rock• The British Invasion changed American pop  music• Beat-driven, elect...
• Most famous and successful folk rock star• Formed several rock’n’roll bands in high  school; became well-known as a folk...
• The Vietnam War spawned many protest songs• Originally only opposed by a small percentage  of Americans, anti-war sentim...
• Written by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters• Protesting against school systems (the  establishment), in particular boarding sch...
DeCurtis, Anthony, James Henke, and Holly George-Warren. The  Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: the  Defin...
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  1. 1. Jazz Chow 1139031 MS2901 Advanced Topics in Media Studies
  2. 2. Political expressions in music: Anti-establishment Protest Themes Anti-war Songs Pro-establishment Ideas National Anthems Patriotic Songs Political campaigns
  3. 3. “The Rolling Stone Illustrated History ofRock & Roll: the Definitive History of theMost Important Artists and Their Music”(DeCurtis, Anthony, James Henke, and Holly George-Warren, 1992) Folk Rock by Paul Nelson Bob Dylan by Alan Light
  4. 4. • Originated from American union movement• Popular music’s impact on society• Raising awareness of social injustice, racism, sexism, antiwar sentiments, Third World suffering etc
  5. 5. • Folk / folk rock traditions• Civil rights movement anthems• “Multi-purpose”• Protest song “canon”
  6. 6. • Not a slave song• Originally derived from the hymn “I’ll Overcome Some Day”• Original written by Charles Albert Tindley (black composer, born to slave parents in Maryland)• “I’ll Overcome Some Day” was published in the first collection of African American holy music
  7. 7. • Later adopted by labour movement activists• Suits any kind of struggle• Symbolizes unity and solidarity
  8. 8. • Traditionally political genre• Often left-wing political stance• People’s music, by the people, for the people• Unpretentious, uncomplicated, direct music and performing style• 1940s - Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the Weavers reached audiences around America
  9. 9. • By the mid 1950s, politically charged folk music disappeared from pop landscape• McCarthyism: A campaign against alleged communists in 1950- 1954
  10. 10. • Later 1950s, folk music became popular again amongst college students• “Serious” music• Early 1960s, folk music became political again• Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan aligned themselves with the civil rights movement
  11. 11. • Pop bands also popularized the genre -> folk rock• The British Invasion changed American pop music• Beat-driven, electrified folk music e.g. Pete Seeger’s “Turn Turn Turn” became a hit when covered by the Byrds (1965)
  12. 12. • Most famous and successful folk rock star• Formed several rock’n’roll bands in high school; became well-known as a folk singer• 1963 - released “Blowin’ in the Wind”• 1965 - “Like a Rolling Stone”
  13. 13. • The Vietnam War spawned many protest songs• Originally only opposed by a small percentage of Americans, anti-war sentiment grew
  14. 14. • Written by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters• Protesting against school systems (the establishment), in particular boarding schools (mind control)• Banned in South Africa (during the Apartheid)• Pink Floyd’s only No. 1 hit• School choirhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8AKM0PYv -k
  15. 15. DeCurtis, Anthony, James Henke, and Holly George-Warren. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: the Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music. New York: Random House, 1992. Print.Shuker, Roy. Popular Music: the Key Concepts. New York: Routledge, 2005. Print.McKeen, William. “Bob Dylan.” World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia. Version 15.0.1. Software MacKiev. 2011. Software.

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