continuing relevance, or lack thereof, of the following specific musical selections from prominent jazz artists of the 1950s and 1960s: “Fables of Faubus” by Charles Mingus, “Alabama” by John Coltrane, “Mississippi Goddam” by Nina Simone, and “Protest” (from “Triptych,” part of We Insist: The Freedom Now Suite) by Max Roach. The paper should present your opinions after having carefully considered the relationship of the music to its intended audience of the time and how that might compare to its possible continuing relevance if considered in the context of events of the last decade.

The essay should be a minimum of three complete pages (double-spaced), not including the Works Cited page, and a maximum of five. 1. The essay should not be a book report on the historical events. (The links to the web articles are for background purposes. While the events will be referenced in your essay, the events should not be the focus of your paper. The musical reaction should be the focus.) 2. The essay should also not be a listing of contemporary protest songs. (It would be hoped that contemporary protest songs would have relevance in connection with current events. The question at hand is whether songs intended to address events that happened half a century ago still hold relevance when considered in light of current events.)

 

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