midterm - 1. America has never been without popular culture...

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1. “America has never been without popular culture and popular music” has been one of our recurring mantras this semester. What does this mean to you? What forms of popular culture were brought here by the earliest European settlers? Where did they get their popular music/culture from (while they were still in Europe)? What might all this really say about what popular music is and where it comes from? Intro: this basically means to me that popular music has always been a part of American Culture since it was brought from Europe. PT 1: What forms of popular culture were brought here by the earliest European settlers? - There were many forms of popular culture brought by European settlers (not just music) they include religion and - social structure - but a lot of musical traditions—came from Europe, they came with sheet music, song books, dance - themes of these musical traditions began in America were the outsider and the savagery and exoticism of Africa o links to the Minstrel show PT2: Where did they get their pop music and culture from (while still in Europe)? - religion o hymns, song books o sentimental traditions of England and Irish Ballads (foster) PT3: What might all this really say about what popular music and where it comes from? - syncretism – a melding and ever developing sense of culture, some intentional, some unintentional o Minstrel Show – first distinctly American form of theater, Thomas Dartmouth Rice
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1840-1880 o example: the Cake Walk which came from whites making fun of their slaves—who were actually making fun of them. o Stephen Foster Irish folk songs, plantation tunes, ballads, etc. o ragtime music = CONCLUSION: thus America has never been without popular music… 2. Another of our common mantras is that “no one group, race, or people retain sole ownership over any style of music.” What does this mean and give two (2) examples of how we can see this in popular music (and be specific and give context and content). Intro: no on group, race, or people has sole ownership over any style of music. .which means most forms that have been popularized have been influenced by context, technology, strong individuals, molding of many traditions etc. one example of a type of music that represents this is jazz music. A second example—one specific person’s work—is Stephen foster. Pt1: Jazz Ethnic/Culture tradtions that influenced it: Influenced a lot by Ragtime, creoles, negroes and French. Influcend by TPA songs, ragtime, AA song traditions: spirituals and the blues. As well as Carribean and Mexican o Why was it appealing? Blend of elements from high culture lke the novels of Fitzgerald and from popular culture such as black Americans, speech, music and dance. But in addition it had historical and geographic influences:
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