1. Music and the Labor Movement1) Watch: The Workers Rights Revolution I THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gZaCpQcQPg 2) View: Labor Unions and Music- PPT 3) Read: Benjamin Bi

1. Music and the Labor Movement

1) Watch: The Workers Rights Revolution I THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

2) View: Labor Unions and Music- PPT

3) Read: Benjamin Bierman “Solidarity Forever: Music and the Labor Movement in the United States” (12 pages) In Friedman

2. Folk Revivals, the Left Wing, and Counter Culture

1) Watch: The Political Spectrum Explained In 4 Minutes

2) Read: Ron Eyerman and Scott Barretta, “The Folk Music Revival in the United States” (42 pages)

3) Read: Jens Lund and R. Serg Denisoff, “The Folk Music Revival and Counter Culture” (11 pages)

4) Read: Robert A. Rosenstone, “The Music of Protest” (13 pages)

5) View: Folk Music and the Left – PPT

6) Music Listening/Viewing – 1st folk revival

– Leadbelly-The Bourgeois Blues

– Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land

– Woody Guthrie – 1913 Massacre

– Roll on Columbia – Woody Guthrie

– Rosalie Sorrels As Aunt Molly Jackson – I Am A Union Woman

– Pete Seeger: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

– Dear Mr President

7) Listening – 2nd folk revival

– The Kingston Trio Tom Dooley Live 1958

– Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Audio)

– Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Audio)

– Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind (Audio)

– Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man (Audio)

– Bob Dylan – Only A Pawn In Their Game (March On Washington 1963) [BEST QUALITY]

– Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues

– Joan Baez – Oh, Freedom (Live 1966)

– Ballad Of Medgar Evers

– In the Heat of the Summer

– Merle Haggard – Okie From Muskogee (Live)

– The Mothers of Invention – Were Only in it for the Money 1968 MFSL

– Brown Shoes Don’t Make It


– Jefferson Airplane – Plastic Fantastic Lover

– When the Music’s Over

– H.P. Lovecraft – Let’s Get Together (1967)

– The Velvet Underground-Heroin

– Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention: Trouble everyday

– Mr. Blue

3. Post-Cold War (post-1990)

1) View: Post-Cold War Anti-Capitalism and Music – PPT

2) Read: David Alexander Robinson, “Anger is a Gift: Post-Cold War Rock and the Anti-Capitalist Movement” (8 pages) In Friedman

3) Music – Listening/Viewing

– Asian Dub Foundation – Basta

– Asian Dub Foundation – Hypocrite

– Ani DiFranco – Make Them Apologize

– Down Rodeo

– Woman’s Work

– Talkin’ Bout a Revolution

Requirements of Assignments:

1. Discussion: (at least 1000 words)

Respond to at least any 3 of the following:

1. What does it mean to be on the political left or right? What does each side value?

2. What is counter-culture? What is it countering?

3. What is your understanding of communism and socialism? Is there a difference? If so, what is it? How are these related to labor movements? What is the difference between the bourgeoises and the proletariat?

4. What is neoliberal capitalism?

5. What is fascism?

2. Assignment:

Briefly respond to each of these prompts. Total word count should be approx. 1000. Include works cited page. You must cite all required readings and films, or it will be a ZERO, with a chance to resubmit for a capped grade.

  1. (Bierman) Discuss how music played an important role in the labor movement. Include discussion of at least 3 songs, 3 songwriters, 3 labor unions, 3 songbooks, and 3 strikes.
  2. (multiple articles) Discuss the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, including how it expressed a Leftist political ideology. Include an exploration of at least 2 specific songs and their texts from each artist.
  3. (Eyerman and Baretta) Compare the first and second wave folk revivals in terms of all of these: time, place, people, political issues, historical/Political context, commercialization, class, generation, subculture, media, technology, and drugs.
  4. (multiple articles) Discuss the music of Bob Dylan. How did it exemplify the major political/social concerns of the Second Wave folk revival? Include a discussion of at least 2 of his songs.
  5. (Rosenstone; Lund and Denisoff) Discuss counter-culture. What is it? Who are the major figures of it? What were their ideas? (incl. discussion of hippies and beatniks). Discuss the notions of ‘slotted’ and ‘plastic’ people. How were these expressed through music in the 1960s? What troubled the counter culture about these types of people, and how they might approach human relationships? Why was this such a concern at this time in American history?
  6. (Robinson) Discuss the relationship between popular music and the anti-globalization movement. What does the movement want? What musicians were/are involved (name at least 3)? How so?

3. Extra Credit:

Watch There But for Fortune about the life and work of Phil Ochs. Write at least 700 words summarizing the film and offering your personal reflection. Connect your essay to at least 1 course reading, and 1 other secondary source (that you find on your own).

For this work, you must give me three separate files. One for Discussion, one for Assignment, and one for Extra Credit.

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