Course Calendar

Date: Reading and Listening Assignments: Due Dates and In-Class Activities:
8/30 Introduction to the course; course expectations Lecture: History of protest music. How to think criticallyDiscussion/ writing: Critical thinking exercises
9/4 NO CLASSListen: -Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddam” -Berenice Johnson Reagon “Will the Circle be Unbroken”-Phil Ochs “Going Down to Mississippi” Read:

-President Kennedy’s Civil Rights Address:

-They Say/ I Say, Preface and Introduction

9/6 Listen: – Joan Baez “Oh Freedom”-Pete Seeger “We Shall Overcome”-Bob Dylan “Only a Pawn in Their Game” Read: -“The Sixties Between the Microgrooves: Using Folk and Protest Music to Understand American History” (pdf)

-They Say… Part One, Chapter One

9/ 11 Listen: – traditional “If you Miss Me at the Back of the Bus”-Folktune “We Shall Not be Moved”-Bob Dylan/ Joan Baez “Blowin in the Wind” Read: -“Through the Eyes of Tom Joad: Patterns of American Idealism, Bob Dylan, and the Folk Protest Movement” (pdf)

-They Say… Part One, Chapter Two

9/ 13 Listen: -Woody Guthrie “1913 Massacre”-Florence Reece/ James Farmer “Which Side Are you On?” -Bobby McGee “Bread and Roses”Read: -They Say… Part One, Chapter 3
9/ 18 Listen: -Buffy Sainte-Marie “Universal Soldier”-Bob Dylan/ Jimmy Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower”-Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” Read: -Line By Line “Introduction” First draft of textual analysis DUEIn-class workshop
9/20 Listen: -Jefferson Airplane “Volunteers”-Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Sun”-The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” Read: -They Say… Part 2, Chapter Four

-Line By Line Chapter 1

9/25 Listen:-Bob Dylan “Only a Pawn in their Game”-The Doors “The End”-CCR “Bad Moon Rising” Textual Analysis Final Paper DUE
9/27 Listen: -The Rolling Stones “Paint it Black”-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Ohio”-Edwin Starr “War” Read: -“Sound as Form” (sent out by email)

-They Say… Part 2, Chapter 5

10/2 Listen: -Country Joe McDonald “I Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die”-Malvina Reynolds “What Have they Done to the Rain?” Read: -“All We Are Saying: The History of Protest in American Folk Song” (pdf)-They Say… Part 2, Chapter 6
10/4 Listen: -Dead Kennedys “Holiday in Cambodia”-The Clash “Spanish Bombs”-Ramones “The KKK Took my Baby Away” Read: -“The Englishness of Punk: Sex Pistols, Subcultures, and Nostalgia” (pdf)

-Line by Line Chapter 2

10/9 Listen: -U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday”-The Clash “White Riot” Read: -“Behind the Songs: ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday” (pdf)-They Say… Part 2, Chapter 7
10/11 Listen: -Public Enemy “Fight the Power”-Grandmaster Flash “The Message” Read: -“Pimpology 101” (pdf)-Line By Line Chapter 3  
10/16 FALL BREAK- No Class
10/18 Listen: -Dead Kennedys “Stars and Stripes of Corruption”-Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Two Tribes”-U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)”
DUE: -Lit review

-One paragraph abstract

10/23 Listen: -The Special AKA “Nelson Mandela”-Billie Bragg “Between the Wars”-REM “Exhuming McCarthy”

-“How Long to Sing this Song? The Rhetorical Vision of U2’s ‘Holy’ Community” (pdf)

-They Say… Part 3, Chapter 8

10/25 Listen: -The Prodigy “Their Law”-Queen Latifah “U.N.I.T.Y.”-Lauren Hill DUE:-First Draft of Text-in-Context DUE
-Workshop Draft in Class
10/30 Listen: -Mary J. Blige-The Cranberries “Zombie”-Pennywise “Homeless”Read:

-“Unladylike Divas: Language, Gender, and Female Gangsta Rappers”(pdf)

11/1 Listen: -Fugazi “KYEO”-Bad Religion “Los Angeles is Burning” Read: – Excerpt from Moody’s On Celestial Music: “The New York Underground, 1965-1988”-Line By Line Chapter 3
11/6 Listen: -The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Guns and the Young”
DUE: -Final Draft of Text-in-Context Paper
11/8 Read:-Chapter from Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop -Line By Line Chapter 4-They Say… Part 3, Chapter 9  
11/13 Listen: -Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl”-The Raincoats “No One’s Little Girl” Read: -“The Raincoats: Breaking Down Punk Rock’s Masculinities” (pdf)-They Say… Part 3, Chapter 10
11/15 Listen: -Bright Eyes “When the President Talks to God”-Sleater-Kinney “Modern Girl” Read: -“Sleater-Kinney: Where the Girls Get Off” (pdf)-Line By Line Chapter 5  
11/20 Library Research Day
11/22 NO CLASS- Thanksgiving Break
11/27 Listen: -Green Day “American Idiot”-Lucy Kaplansky “Land of the Living” Read: -“Captain Ska” (pdf)
11/29 Listen: -M.I.A “Bad Girl”-Arcade Fire “Intervention” DUE: -Research Paper Literature Review
12/4 Listen: -The Dixie Chicks “Not Ready to make Nice”-Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band “Roosevelt Room” Read: -“Forgery and Imitation in the Creative Process” (send out by email) Due: -Research Proposal Abstract
12/6 Listen: The Arab Spring: -El Generale (Tunisia)-DJ Outlaw (Bahrain)-Ramy Donjewan (Egypt)-Arabian Knights (Egypt)

-Ibn Thabit (Libya)

-“Bayan Rakam Wahad (Statement No. 1)” by “Anonymous,” Syria


-“At the Protests, The Message Lacks a Melody” (sent out by email)

12/1112/17 Last Class Final Research paper DUE: Monday, December 17, at 7:00pm


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