Alternately despised and rehabilitated, easy listening music dominated the popular music landscape from the 1940s to the 1960s. Nick Heffernan, lecturer in American and Canadian Studies and C3R associate, introduces a selection of recordings that attempts to encompass a sprawling, multifaceted and complex genre.
Music has played a key role in the angry response to racist policing and contemporary America. Nick Heffernan, lecturer in American and Canadian Studies and C3R associate, plays and discusses some examples and asks whether the protest song is enjoying an artistic and political renaissance.
Patrick Henderson, doctoral student and C3R associate, surveys Jamaican pop music from the 1950s to the present day, playing and discussing examples of mento, ska, reggae and dancehall and considering their cultural significance.
In this session, C3R postdoctoral co-director Hannah Durkin plays and discusses the slave spirituals and international protest songs of African American singer Paul Robeson to mark the 40th anniversary of his death.