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  1. Core Reading and Listening Sources 9 items
    A selection of core texts that provide background to the module.
    1. Music and politics - John Street 2012

      Book 

    2. Politics in music: music and political transformation from Beethoven to hip-hop - Courtney Brown 2008

      Book  Useful chapters on Beethoven and on 19C musical nationalism, and also on contemporary protest music + a slightly forced chapter comparing Richard Wagner and Bob Marley

    3. The rest is noise: listening to the twentieth century - Alex Ross 2012, c2007

      Book  A brilliant guide to the classical tradition as it has evolved since 1900, but in parts does assume some technical understanding of music – good chapters on music under the Nazis and the Soviets

    4. A history of opera: the last four hundred years - Carolyn Abbate, Roger Parker 2012

      Book 

    5. Viva la libertà!: politics in opera - Anthony Arblaster 1992

      Book  A very accessible work

    6. The history of jazz - Ted Gioia c2011

      Book  best recent history but a bit ‘anoraky’ if you are not familiar with jazz

    7. Resounding international relations: on music, culture, and politics - Marianne Franklin 2005

      Book  A few useful essays but less than one would hope for.

    8. Music and Politics

      Journal  Website of electronic journal - Music and Politics started in 2007.

  2. General electronic resources available through library 3 items
    1. Naxos music library - Naxos Digital Services (electronic bibliographic database)

      Journal  (most of the classical repertoire can be found here)

    2. Naxos music library: Jazz - Naxos Digital Services (electronic bibliographic database)

      Journal  (most of the jazz repertoire can be found here)

    3. Opera in video - Alexander Street Press (electronic bibliographic database)

      Journal  (500 hours+ of full or part opera recordings)

  3. Week 2: The Political ambiguity of music 15 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. Beethoven - Ninth Symphony (especially 4th movement, 'Ode to Joy')

        Dmitri Shostakovich - Seventh Symphony (esp. 1st Movement….be patient, it's a slowish development!)

        H. Parry/W. Blake - 'Jerusalem'

        Bruce Springsteen - 'Born in the USA'

    2. Reading: 14 items
      1. Music and politics - John Street 2012

        Book  Introduction and Chapter 3.

      2. Viva la libertà!: politics in opera - Anthony Arblaster 1992

        Book  Introduction

      3. Sounds and society: themes in the sociology of music - Peter J. Martin 1995

        Book  Chapters 1-2.

      4. Bruce Springsteen, cultural studies and the runaway American dream - Kenneth Womack, J. Jerome Zolten, Mark Bernhard 2012

        Book  pp. 25-44.

      5. Shostakovich: a life - Laurel E. Fay 2005, c2000

        Book  Chapter 8

      6. The English musical renaissance, 1840-1940: constructing a national music - Meirion Hughes, R. A. Stradling, R. A. Stradling 2001

        Book  (There are few pages here on Hubert Parry, the composer of ‘Jerusalem’, in a wider argument about British music: pp. 217-22)

  4. Week 3: Composing the nation: 20 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. Verdi                           'Va pensiero' (from the opera Nabucco)

        Glinka                         'Glory, glory to you, holy Rus' (from the opera A Life for the Tsar)

        Wagner                       Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

        Tchaikovsky               '1812 overture'

        Sibelius                       'Finlandia'

        Copland                       'Rodeo'

    2. Reading: 19 items
      1. Music and politics - John Street 2012

        Book  Chapter 6.

      2. Viva la libertà!: politics in opera - Anthony Arblaster 1992

        Book  Chapters 3-6.

      3. Music makes the nation: nationalist composers and nation building in nineteenth-century Europe - Benjamin W. Curtis 2008

        Book  (See the general discussion in chapters….; the three case study composers are Wagner, Smetana and Grieg)

      4. Russian music and nationalism: from Glinka to Stalin - Marina Frolova-Walker c2007

        Book  (Quite heavy on music theory in places so maybe dip in selectively if this is an alien language, and pp. 58-70 useful on Glinka’s opera ‘A Life for the Tsar’)

      5. Focus: Music, nationalism, and the making of the new Europe - Philip Vilas Bohlman, Philip Vilas Bohlman 2011

        Book  Chapter 1.

      6. The life of Verdi - John Rosselli 2000

        Book  pp. 74-78, and 122-123.

      7. A history of Russian music: from Kamarinskaya to Babi Yar - Francis Maes c2002

        Book  Chapterw 1-2 and 6.

      8. C. McKay - 'Nationalism in Glinka's operas', may be found online at:

        http://www.music.mcgill.ca/~cmckay/papers/musicology/GlinkaNationalism.pdf

      9. J.Anderson - '"Nations create music, composers only arrange it": state, nation and people in Glinka and Mussorgsky' (unpublished conference paper - see module Tutor)

      10. The English musical renaissance, 1840-1940: constructing a national music - Meirion Hughes, R. A. Stradling, R. A. Stradling 2001

        Book  (This book is narrow and too detailed for our purposes, but the introduction makes a couple of useful points on music and national identity and is only a few pages)

  5. Week 4: National anthems – official and unofficial, sacralised the nation. 24 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. Traditional/Arne - 'God save the King/Queen'

        Sex Pistols - 'God save the Queen'

        Elgar - 'Land of hope and glory'

        R.Williamson/The Corries - 'Flower of Scotland'

        E.James/J.James -  'The Land of my Fathers'

        E.Elgar/A.Benson -  'Land of Hope and Glory'

        Francis Scott Key/Jimi Hendrix/Marvin Gaye - 'Star Spangled Banner'

        Woody Guthrie - 'This land is your land'

    2. Reading: 23 items
      The literature is patchy here so you may need to root around online….
      1. Beethoven's Ninth: a political history - Esteban Buch 2003

        Book  (pp. 12-44 discusses origins of French and British national anthems)

      2. England's dreaming: anarchy, Sex Pistols, punk rock, and beyond - Jon Savage 2002

        Book  (use index for the Sex Pistols, ‘God save the Queen’)

      3. Pretty vacant: a history of punk - Phil Strongman 2008

        Book  (use index as above)

      4. Woody Guthrie: a life - Joe Klein 1986, ©1980

        Book 

  6. Week 5: Censorship East and West 23 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtensk (as with previous operas at least try and familiarise yourself with the plot)

        The Doors - 'Light my fire' on Ed Sullivan Show (1967)

        Led Zeppelin - 'Stairway to heaven'

        Frankie Goes to Hollywood - 'Relax'

        Prince - 'Darling Nikki'

        The Cure - 'Killing an Arab'

        Body Count - 'Cop killer'

    2. Reading: 22 items
      1. Music and politics - John Street 2012

        Book  (Chapter 1)

      2. The rest is noise: listening to the twentieth century - Alex Ross 2012, c2007

        Book  (Chapters 7 & 9)

      3. Modern times from World War I to the present - Robert P. Morgan 1993

        Book  (chapters on Germany and USSR by Hinton & Fay)

      4. The twisted muse: musicians and their music in the Third Reich - Michael H. Kater 1997

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      5. All shook up: music, passion, and politics - Carson Holloway 2001

        Book  (One of those books which doesn’t do exactly what it says on the tin and needed a subtitle as it is really a book about political theory and music. The first chapter, however, does have some material relating to the censorship argument)

      6. Smashed hits: music under pressure, 2.0 - Arts Council England 2010

        Book 

      7. Anti-rock: the opposition to rock 'n' roll - Linda Martin, Kerry Segrave 1993

        Book 

      8. Policing pop - Martin Cloonan, Reebee Garofalo 2003

        Book  (especially chapter by Cloonan)

      9. Rebel rock: the politics of popular music - John Street 1986

        Book  (Chapter 2 on Soviet responses to jazz and rock)

  7. Week 6: Independent Learning Week (So not 'reading week', and not 'skiing week')

     

  8. Week 7: Social commentary – gender and sexuality 20 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. Aretha Franklin - 'Respect'

        Spice Girls - 'Wannabee'

        Bikini Kill - 'Rebel Girl'

        Beyonce - 'Flawless'

        Tori Amos - 'Me and a gun'

        Little Comets - 'Violence out tonight'

    2. Reading: 19 items
      1. Viva la libertà!: politics in opera - Anthony Arblaster 1992

        Book  (Chapters 1 & 7 discusses women in opera, which we are not discussing in the tutorial but I will address in the lecture)

      2. Queer noises: male and female homosexuality in twentieth century music - John Gill 1995

        Book  (Of limited use for our discussion but has some interesting discussion of why some performers are ‘out’ and others choose not to be, their contribution to making homosexuality more acceptable, and addressing the position of gay performers from Benjamin Britten to k.d.lang).

      3. Women and popular music: sexuality, identity, and subjectivity - Sheila Whiteley 2000

        Book  (A more theoretically oriented book with discussion of a range of singers from Janis Joplin to Bjork. Also good in offering some more theoretical perspectives)

      4. Sexing the groove: popular music and gender - Sheila Whiteley 1997

        Book  (look at Introduction and chapters by Coates, Whiteley, Negus, & Leonard)

      5. Queer episodes in music and modern identity - Sophie Fuller, Lloyd Whitesell 2008

        Book  (relates to classical music and criticism, so more of background interest than relevant to protest and more recent gay rights struggles)

      6. Mozart's women: his family, his friends, his music - Jane Glover 2005

        Book  (Chapter 3 covers women in Mozart’s operas, with pp. 237-56 covering ‘The Marriage of Figaro’)

      7. The resisting muse: popular music and social protest - Ian Peddie 2005

        Book  (Chapter 7 on women in rap)

      8. Lesbian and Gay Music - Philip Brett, Elizabeth Wood 2002

        Article 

      9. Rebel rock: the politics of popular music - John Street 1986

        Book  (Chapter 8, especially pp158-62, comparing Rod Stewart and Tom Robinson takes on sexual identity)

      10. Girls rock!: fifty years of women making music - Mina Julia Carson, Tisa Lewis, Susan M. Shaw, Jennifer Baumgardner 2004

        Book 

      11. She bop: the definitive history of women in popular music - Lucy O'Brien 2012

        Book  (always beware of books that claim to be definitive – they are often good, rarely definitive)

  9. Week 8: Civil rights, race and racism 21 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. Nina Simone  - 'Mississippi, Goddam!'

        Joan Baez - 'Birmingham Sunday'

        Sam Cooke - 'A change is gonna come'

        Impressions - 'Keep on pushing' & 'People get ready'

        James Brown - 'Say it loud, I'm black and proud'

        Gil Scott-Heron - 'The revolution will not be televised'

        Public Enemy - 'Party for your right to fight'

        NWA - 'Fuck tha police'                   

        Kendrick Lamar - 'The blacker the berry'

    2. Reading: 20 items
      1. Blues legacies and Black feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday - Angela Y. Davis 1999

        Book  (discusses Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith ad Billie Holiday, and last chapter discusses ‘Strange Fruit’)

      2. Beating time - David Widgery 1986

        Book  (An activist take on the Rock against Racism campaigns)

      3. Music and politics - John Street 2012

        Book  Chapter 5.

      4. The resisting muse: popular music and social protest - Ian Peddie 2005

        Book  (Chapter on hip-hop)

      5. The cultural impact of Kanye West - Julius Bailey 2014 (electronic book)

        Book 

      6. The Cambridge companion to hip-hop 2015 (electronic book)

        Book  (check contents page for relevant chapters)

  10. Week 9: War and its consequences – Vietnam and the Falkland Islands 14 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. Sgt Barry Sadler - 'Song of the Green Berets'

        Merle Haggard - 'Okie from Muskogee'

        Country Joe MacDonald - 'I feel like I'm fixing to die rag'

        Creedence Clearwater Revival - 'Fortunate Son'   

        Robert Wyatt - 'Shipbuilding'

        Billy Bragg - 'Island of no return'

        Crass - 'How does it feel to be the mother of a 1,000 dead?'

    2. General reading on music, war and violence, only some specific to the above conflicts: 13 items
      1. Dark side of the tune: popular music and violence - Bruce Johnson, Martin Cloonan c2008

        Book  (A complex book, not specifically about war, but chapters 1, 6 & 7 might be useful)

      2. Country Music goes to war - Charles K. Wolfe, James E. Akenson 2005

        Book  (Chapters 7&8)

  11. Week 10: Protest music and its effects 17 items
    1. Listenings: 1 item
      1. Bob Dylan - 'The times they are a changing'

        Rage against the Machine - 'Killing in the name'

        Peter Gabriel - 'Biko'

        Johnny Clegg/Savuka - 'Asimbonanga'

        Malopoets - 'The end is near'

        Da Arab Mcs -  'Inkilab' (Revolution)

        Ramy Essam - 'Irhal' (Leave)

        El General - 'Rais Lebled (President of the Country)

    2. Reading: 16 items
      1. Serving the movement: The role(s) of music - Rob Rosenthal 2001

        Article  (a useful article in general an later for ‘protest’)

      2. When the music's over: the story of political pop - Robin Denselow 1989

        Book  (Chapters 5&7)

      3. Global punk: resistance and rebellion in everyday life - Kevin C. Dunn 2016

        Book  A provocative study of global punk by an IR scholar and punk musician – who has also been an honorary professor at St Andrews.

      4. On the 'Arab uprising' you will need to rely on web searches as there is very little academic analysis so far, but this is a good starting point:

      5. Music and conflict transformation: harmonies and dissonances in geopolitics - Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research 2015

        Book 

      6. Everything is connected: the power of music - Daniel Barenboim, Elena Cheah 2009

        Book  (Chapter 4 and the seventh variation deals with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra)

  12. Week 11: The twin towers, Iraq, and popular resistance 12 items
    1. Listening: 1 item
      1. D.Worley - 'Have you forgotten'

        Toby Keith - 'Courtesy of the red, white and blue'

        Steve Earle - 'John Walker blues' (On Jerusalem album – where several other tracks also relate to 9/11 and or decision to go to war in Iraq and/or Afghanistan)

        Bruce Springsteen - The Rising album (various tracks)

        Green Day - 'American idiot'

        Tom Morello - 'The fabled city'

        Grace Petrie - 'Farewell to welfare'

    2. Reading: 11 items
      1. Working on a dream: the progressive political vision of Bruce Springsteen - David Masciotra 2010

        Book  (Chapters 6-7 but use index)

      2. Music in the post-9/11 world - Jonathan Ritter, J. Martin Daughtry 2007

        Book 

      3. Country Music goes to war - Charles K. Wolfe, James E. Akenson 2005

        Book  (Chapters 11 & 13)

      4. Working on a dream: the progressive political vision of Bruce Springsteen - David Masciotra 2010

        Book  (scattered references, but see pp. 223-36)

      5. Country music goes to war - Charles K. Wolfe, James Edward Akenson 2005

        Book  (Chapter 13)

  13. Some additional general reading 12 items
    1. Proof through the night: music and the great war - Glenn Watkins 2003

      Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

    2. Music and conflict transformation: harmonies and dissonances in geopolitics - Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research 2015

      Book 

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