music as social action ::
Here's a fine final note for us — A colleague of mine, Jorge Arevalo (co-founder of the Woody Guthrie Archives, which I spoke about early on), has just launched a new podcast, one that aims squarely at the heart of many of our discussions during the previous 10 weeks.
"Hurdy Gurdy Songs" is described as:
a new show exploring the breadth and depth of resistance songs across ethnic, national and generational lines. ... Hurdy Gurdy highlights the struggles of the people — showcasing individuals, communities and social movements from traditional protests to the latest rage, through songs created in response and resistance.
Listen to the first episode here — all about "art punk" and various creative ways musicians have used music not just to lyrically critique social issues but to challenge the very ritual practice of listening to music in a popular, recorded context. Jorge plays some interesting music and interviews an early pioneer.
Participation!: Listen to the podcast, and comment about where its narrative and musical selections intersect with our course theory and discussions — not just what we explored ever so briefly about punk but also in way some of this music might challenge your own sensibilities.