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Class Reading Guide, George Lipsitz, “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens,” in Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s , 303-333 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994). 1. Read page 305 (“Chickens”) carefully so that you understand the main metaphor of Louis Jordan’s popular 1946 hit, “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens.” [People enjoyed the resistance to authority, delivered in playful language.] 2. “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens” employed several elements of early blues. Be able to name 3 of those elements. LISTEN to “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens” from the Louis Jordan link on the webpage for Music and Class. Try to hear the form of the chorus which begins “There ain’t nobody here but us chickens”—it’s one of the ones introduced in Unit 1—12-bar blues. 3. Look on page 309 for 3 reasons that Jordan’s “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens” succeeded where other black artists had previously failed. 4. The author (Lipsitz) brings ‘white country music’ into the discussion on the bottom of page 309. On the next page, the author discusses what might be considered “musical philosophies” shared by working-class whites and blacks. Look for: --ideas concerning music’s connection to the totality of people’s lives --a balance between individual initiative and collective traditions --emotional music that expresses alienation from the dominant classes These shared ideas created a tenuous “class identity” that connected working-class whites
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2011 for the course MUS 355 taught by Professor Carson during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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