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Music-Arts Faculty
MUAR 392
Melvin Backstrom

MUAR 392 Lecture Notes May 16 Chapter 50 “Of Pop and Pies and Fun”  Crucial practice of African-American culture (see in particular Henry Louis  Author Lester Bangs very influential rock Gates Jr. The Signifying Monkey [1988]) critic  See Youtube Clip  Why does he like the Stooges?  “Stunningly simple”; “simplicity so basic Chapter 53 Reading it‟s almost pristine”; “first name group to actually form before they even knew  Sly vs. Superfly: referring to 1972 how to play” – what is the critical blaxpoitation film Superfly – Soundtrack position taken here? by Curtis Mayfield  Why can‟t Rock “grow up”, according to  StagerLee Bangs? o Based on African American Stagger Lee Shelton convicted  Represents new critical discourse very influential on later punk rock. of 1895 Murder  Soon after immortalized in various Chapter 53-55 Soul into Funk songs; transformed into trickster figure of African-American mythology (related  Roots to Signifying Monkey); Sly, Streetwise, o James Brown‟s musical turn to cool, tough focus on rhythm over melody  What according to Marcus, is going on and harmony in the music he talks about?  Politics  What is the music‟s relation to the film o Strong assertion of positive Across 110 Street, that he discusses? black identity What “masks” were audiences not given  Musical Characteristics (page 296)? o Little harmonic movement, Stevie Wonder prominent use of synthesizers, use of horns, bass foregrounded, rhythmic division  1962-1970 of 16 note, heavily syncopated, o “Little” Stevie Wonder as Motown star often slap bass and wah-wah pedal  1971  Split into 1970s between “sweet” soul o Negotiates new contract with Motown giving him full artistic coming from Northern Motown style (e.g. Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, control, releases Where I’m Jackson 5 Commodores) and “funky” Coming From... from South soul Stax, Atlantic (e.g.  1972 James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, o Releases Music of My Mind and P-Funk) Talking Book, tours with Rolling Stones Chapter 53 Sly and the Family Stone, “Thank  Notable that he writes or co-writes all U Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin” (1970) songs, plays most instruments as well as co-produces albums  Why the misspel
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