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MUSIC 2II3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Giorgio Moroder, Psychedelic Music, Village People

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McMaster University
Fall 2015 Music 2II3 Simon Wood
[Midterm 3 Textbook Study Notes]
Hot Pants Make You Sure of Yourself (p.246-247)
In Mid 1960s, some black performers in America were defining the very essence of
American popular music (enjoyed financial rewards, unprecedented prestige), others
especially African Americans were stuck in low paying jobs and was isolated in schools
and neighbourhoods
Martin Luther King was spoke up for civil rights and was assassinated on April 4th, 1968
in Memphis led to civil unrest all over the states
James Brown was going to perform his concert in Boston on April 5th, 1968 (day after
assassination of Martin Luther King), and they were thinking if they should cancel it
because of the fear of violent outbreaks
o Mayor Kevin White and his advisors met with Brown and they decided that not
only would the show go on, but it would be televised as well
o James Brown performed a litany of dance steps from “the James Brown” to the
mashed potato and the camel walk
o Even when enthusiasm threated to escalate into unruly behavior, Brown was able
to get the party back on track
o James Brown known as “The Godfather of Soul” used his power to influence
the country’s political and civil life
o Funk could cure all ills
Drugs and the Quest for Higher Consciousness (p.256-257)
Young adults in the mid1960s challenged the cultural values of 1950s and seek to find
alternate approaches to life and culture
o Influenced by the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, they were suspicious of
the institutions in American life
Drug was seen as something essential to unlock “the doors of perception”
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LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) developed by Albert Hoffmann in 1943, was also used
by small group of people in the United States and the UK
o Viewed as a drug that could lead to higher level of consciousness
How music reflects growing interest in higher consciousness?
o Use music to enhance a drug trip artist must craft music that acts as an
aesthetic drug
It Takes a Village to Raise a Ruckus (p.267-268)
Psychedelic music was absent on the radio. AM = pop music; FM = public service
programming university lectures, classical music concerts, and foreign language shows
Tom Donahue developed a new, free form approach to programming longer tracks
placed back-to-back with more freedom given to the disc jockey and less in-your-face
between-song chatter
o He phoned a number of FM stations until he found one where telephone service
had been disconnected (can’t pay telephone bill means they might be receptive to
new ideas) eventually came to terms with KMPX-FM
o Later went to Los Angeles and ran a FM rock stations
Live from … Woodstock (p.288-289)
August 16-18, 1969 = Woodstock festival in Max Yasgur’s farm
More than 400,000 people attended, sharing peace, love, drugs, and music, and getting
soaked by rain
Some outstanding performances include: The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, Richie
Havens (solo performances), Santana, and Jimi Hendrix
Because there were so many people, which led to traffic and the bands needed to flow in
and out by helicopter
First day = folk and acoustic performers; Second day = psychedelic, hard, and blues rock;
third day = more eclectic
The Hippie Aesthetic (p.302)
Important changes in the 1966-1969 period:
o Shifts in rock music from singles to the album
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