Our final partial week shifts a focus onto music in American society. In our lectures we are introduced to the origins of Rock and Roll as a distinct genre and key themes within this cultural institution (youth, race, gender and so forth). We are also introduced to Jazz and its importance as a cultural institution in New Orleans, especially in relation to the struggles the city has faced. We could easily predate these latter twentieth century examinations by looking at the role of music in shaping or commenting on American development. We can see it in the Jolly Flatboatsmen painting. We saw elements of it in our look at Theater, which would have had a huge connection to the concert halls of the nineteenth century. Needless to say, the vastness of the American landscape and the diversity of the peoples who have inhabited these lands has created numerous styles and sounds.For your final journal entry, use the ideas and themes that emerge from our readings to identify and discuss what role you see music having in American society for you today.The reading areSamuel A. Floyd, “Continuity and Discontinuity: The Fifties,” The Power of Black Music: Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States. Oxford University Press USA, 1995. Pp. 160-182.Bruce Boyd Raeburn, “‘They’re Tryin’ to Wash Us Away’: New Orleans Musicians Surviving Katrina.” The Journal of American History, Vol. 94, No. 3, (Dec. 2007): 812-819.NB: It is not an essay but a 500 words answer to the reading so no sources or citation

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