Lecture 12 - Funk - o Blues impulse – all about surviving...

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Funk Natural extension of Black Power – James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Political ongoing Funk did not cross over to all audiences like earlier songs (did eventually) Pendulum has swung pretty far in one direction – communicating with only black identity Suburbanization of America accelerated in late 1960’s-70’s Inner ring suburbs – directly adjacent to the city, still some level of connection White Americans begin to move farther and farther out of cities themselves o Better economic opportunities o More tax breaks for building a new home than for fixing an old one o Businesses moving to suburbs – cheaper real estate Larger concentration of poor in the cities which is disproportionately black Funk is new voice being heard during 60’s and 70’s Chocolate City – separated from everyone else White Flight Black Flight Funk: “the stink” – the raw stuff, the smell, o People are struggling, people are banding together to find community
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Unformatted text preview: o Blues impulse – all about surviving o Gospel impulse o Also the Jazz impulse in the way that the music sounds Song length, improvisation, vocalization, experimental music, philosophical, think about the world in a different way, poor principles George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic • George Clinton – wanted to break down boundaries, see how people view right and wrong and play around with the rules o Invite as many people as he could into the conversation • “Aquaboogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabicaquadoloop)” – 1978 o Blend together all opposite things o Screaming voice in the back of the song that does not accept this • “Swing Down, Sweet Chariot” Los Angeles, War, “Slippin’ Into Darkness” (1973) • Southwestern feel to it – all of those who moved West • Has a New Orleans vibe to it New Orleans...
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