There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Sly and the Famliy Stone)

| June 19, 2015

There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Sly and the Famliy Stone)

 

Project description
LENGTH: 1200-1500 words
Our focus in this unit has been Sly and the Family Stone?s 1971 album entitled There?s a Riot Goin? On, and the idea of popular musicology. In this essay, you should consider this album in terms of both its musical content and its socio- cultural significance.
Your essay should be more focused around a thesis or an argument than the previous essays have been. You can choose an argument yourself, or you can select ONE of the following areas of questioning:
1. How does this album reflect the African-American experience in the early 1970s? What social or historical circumstances inform the album? How does the musical style relate to the wider context of ?black music? as it was understood at the time?
2. How does this album reflect changes in the music industry in the late 60s/early 70s? To what extent does this album stretch the limits of its genre, and reconfigure itself as a concept album? What precedent for more artistically-driven popular music existed at the time?
3. What problems are posed in the analysis of popular music as a result of the medium? Can strictly musical and socio-cultural modes of analysis be successfully integrated? Use examples from the album to prove your point.
RESEARCH METHODS:
Preparation for this essay requires you to engage with the resources posted on blackboard (in other words the recording, the critical readings, and the Lewis book on the album). However, in this case, you will also need to do some outside research. This may consist of textbooks on popular music history and style, reviews and journalistic sources, or (potentially) readings from other units in this class. There is more room in this essay to diverge from class readings, however please be sure to use reliable and appropriate materials.
IMPORTANT GUIDELINES
– Remember that both direct quotation and the summary of points made by
others requires citation.
– Cite all sources according to the School of Music?s style guide.
– Be original (when possible). I will look for evidence of your own thoughts and
observations.
– LISTEN TO THE RECORDING!!!! I will look for evidence that you are familiar
with the recording.

 

 
Music, Culture and Society
1500 words
Our focus in this unit has been Sly and the Family Stone’s 1971 album entitled
There’s a Riot Goin’ On,
and the idea of popular musicology. In this essay, you
should
consider this album in terms of both its musical content and its socio

cultural significance.
Your essay should be more focused around a thesis or an argument than the
previous essays have been. You can choose an argument yourself, or you can
select
ONE
o
f the following areas of questioning:
1.
How does this album reflect the African

American experience in the early
1970s? What social or historical circumstances inform the album? How does
the musical style relate to the wider context of ‘black music’ as it w
as
understood at the time?
2.
How does this album reflect changes in the music industry in the late
60s/early 70s? To what extent does this album stretch the limits of its genre,
and reconfigure itself as a concept album? What precedent for more
artisticall
y

driven popular music existed at the time?
3.
What problems are posed in the analysis of popular music as a result of the
medium? Can strictly musical and socio

cultural modes of analysis be
successfully integrated? Use examples from the album to prove you
r point.
RESEARCH METHODS:
Preparation for this essay requires you to engage with the resources posted on
blackboard (in other words the recording, the critical readings, and the Lewis book
on the album). However, in this case, you will also need to do s
ome outside
research. This may consist of textbooks on popular music history and style, reviews
and journalistic sources, or (potentially) readings from other units in this class. There
is more room in this essay to diverge from class readings, however ple
ase be sure
to use reliable and appropriate materials.
IMPORTANT GUIDELINES

Be careful to avoid plagiarism.

Remember that both direct quotation and the summary of points made by
others requires citation.

Cite all sources according to the School of Music’s
style guide.
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