April 18, 2017. The Ricardos, Petries, & Mansons
- *TV Episode: Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 3, Episode 1 “That’s My Boy?” Original Airdate September 25, 1963. [Streams on Netflix in Black & White and on CBS On Demand/ CBS Website in Color]. Please try to watch this before class on Tuesday. Take notes on how gender, birthing, and parenting are represented.
- *Clip, “America” from Robert Wise, West Side Story (1961) [Below]
Rosie the Riveter Propaganda Song from World War II
“America” from West Side Story
April 20, 2017. Great Balls of Fire: Early Rock ‘n’ Roll
Check back later this week for our class set list.
Weekly Assignments And Upcoming Deadlines
- Select an early Rock ‘n’ Roll song recorded in the United States between 1945 and 1960 that we have not discussed in class to date and see where you can find traces of its historical life. Can you find a newspaper review of the song written at the time? A concert poster from that specific era? An interview about it? Post your song below in the comments along with its archival trail, and provide an analysis of both 1) its lyrical and musical content and 2) its historical context. Things to possibly investigate include the significance of the record label it’s on, how the song was distributed, how it was received, if it was meant for a segregated or integrated audience, the technology used to record the song, if there are hired studio background singers, what instruments are used, etc. How does early Rock sound different or similar to you compared to more iconic bands that dominated the 1960s?
- Reflection Journal: The remaining 5 entries for your popular culture reflection journal will be due next Tuesday in class on April 25, 2017.
- For extra credit / to make up a previously missed weekly assignment: Watch and write a response to either the Oscar-winning documentary film Morgan Neville, Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) or Stanley Kubrick, Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) in the comments below. For either film, your response should discuss how the film intersects with major class themes. Please post it here by Friday, April 21, 2017.