Write a six page research paper (six content pages) responding to one of the following four topics/questions (or one of your own approved by Professor Cauter – send him an e-mail right here in Canvas with your topic idea/s):
a) “The History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs” – is a book by author and music journalist Greil Marcus. He explores 10 songs that have been interpreted (covered) multiple times by artists from different generations. What 10 songs would you select to represent the History of Rock and Roll? Why did you choose those 10 songs? Be sure to include plenty of musical observation/analysis from you as well as from your selected source quotations.
NPR Interview with Greil Marcus about “The History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs” (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/books/review/greil-marcuss-history-of-rock-n-roll-in-ten-songs.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3As%2C (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
b) “Beyond its popular appeal, rap music serves as an alternative news source, revealing the true stories of Black Americans ignored by the mainstream press.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1998. (Be sure to give consideration to Black Noise by Tricia Rose).
c) What was the Lilith Fair? What musicians and respective genres of music were represented in the Lilith Fair? What are the social, political, and cultural aspects of this “Fair”?
d) “Popular music is no longer just entertainment. It’s evidence for the scholarly investigation of race, class, gender, and sexuality, especially in the study of American culture.”The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1998. Include specific performing artists, song titles, lyrics, etc. to support your response.
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