Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313398062
  • ISBN-13: 9780313398063
  • DDC: 781.5
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 538 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released January 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Political resistance movements and the creation of music-two seemingly unrelated phenomenon-often result from the seed of powerful emotions, opinions, or experiences. This two-volume set presents essays that explore the connections between diverse musical forms and political activism across the globe, revealing fascinating similarities regarding the interrelationship between music and political resistance in widely different geographic or cultural circumstances.

The breadth of specific examples covered in Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism highlights strong similarities between diverse situations-for example, protest against the Communist government in Poland and drug discourse in hip hop music in the United States-and demonstrates how music has repeatedly played a vital role in energizing or expanding various political movements. By exploring activism and how music relates to specific movements through an interdisciplinary lens, the authors document how music often enables powerless members of oppressed groups to communicate or voice their concerns.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction to Volume 1.
1: “Toward a Truer World”: Overt and Implied Messages of Resistance from Slave Songs to Rap.
2: Red Power: American Indian Activism through Powwow Music and Dance.
3: Song and Vision in the U.S. Labor Movement.
4: Green Pastures of Plenty: Woody Guthrie and Eco-Citizenship.
5: Urban Beats, Religious Beliefs, and Interconnected Streets in Indigenous Hip-Hop: North American Indian Influences in African American Music.
6: Sight Syncs Sound: Civil Rights Music, Robert Houston’s Photography, and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.
7: Anti–Vietnam War Protest Music.
8: Eco-Protest Music and the U.S. Environmental Movement.
9: Resistance and Relapse: The Politics of Drug Discourse in Rap Music.
10: You’re Equal but Different: Women and the Music of Cultural Resistance.
11: The New Political Rhetoric of Hip-Hop Music in the Obama Era.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction to Volume 2.
1: “The Toyi-Toyi was Our Weapon”: The Role of Music in the Struggle against Apartheid in South Africa.
2: No Future: Punk Music in Postindustrial Britain and the United States.
3: These Rocks will Roll: Songs and Resistance in Communist Poland.
4: Return of the Vagabond: Cui Jian and China’s Democracy Movement.
5: Afrobeat: The Music of Fela Kuti.
6: Maldita Vecindad, Ritual, and Memory: Paz y Baile.
7: Insolent Origins and Contemporary Dilemmas: The Bachata Genre as a Vehicle for Social Commentary—Past and Present.
8: The Cuban Protest Song from Pablo Milanés to Los Aldeanos.
9: Pulling at the Stake of Oppression: Lluís Llach’s Catalan Nationalism from Dictatorship to Democracy.
10: Reading and Sounding Protest: Musical and Lyrical Markers in Brazilian Tropicália and Canção Engajada.
11: Hidden Histories of Resistance in Mexico’s Son Jarocho.
12: “Spitting Phlegm at the System”: The Changing Voices of Anticolonial Puerto Rican Protest Music.
About the Editors.