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Buddy Bolden and the Blues
Words: 1423 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Term Paper Paper #: 89616354
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Black Southerner’s World in the US Before Civil Rights
Part 1 A Conversation with Amari Baraka
A I agree that blues is a non-diatonic music and does slur and slide the notes, which is the style that came from West Africa—but I also think that the blues is more than just that. There are a lot of things happening in blues and a lot of different styles that are incorporated into it, such as the style of gospel music, the harmonies of the southern church choirs and spirituals were incorporated into blues music. The black southerners turned these gospel songs into spirituals along with the instruments of the time such as fiddles and guitars, which they would use for its strings as well as a type of drum on which they would tap out the rhythm of their songs. Or there was Buddy Bolden with his brass instruments, infusing the…

Barker, D. (1998). Buddy Bolden and the Last Days of Storyville. NY: Continuum.

stevie wonder prodigy in the dark
Words: 1660 Length: 6 Pages Document Type: Term Paper Paper #: 15428366
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Blind since birth, Stevie Wonder went on to become one of the world’s most renowned musicians. Steveland Hardaway Morris (nee Judkins) was born in 1950, and by the age of eleven had already signed with Motown Records. His fate sealed as a child prodigy and a budding soul, rhythm and blues star, the next several decades of his career brought “Little Stevie Wonder” increasingly into the mainstream spotlight. By the 1980s, Stevie Wonder had become a fully-fledged pop star, with more than twenty Grammy awards under his belt, an Academy Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and an induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame (“Famous People with Visual Impairments,” n.d.). Being blind did not make Stevie Wonder any more famous than he would have been otherwise, just as being blind would never have prevented him from making his mark on the world.
Early Years
Stevie Wonder was born…

“100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” (2010). Rolling Stone. 3 Dec, 2010.
“Famous People with Visual Impairments,” (n.d.).
Hamilton, J. (2016). The greatest creative run in the history of popular music. Slate. 19 Dec, 2016.
Huey, S. (n.d.). Artist biography: Stevie Wonder. All Music.
Weisman, E.R. (1985). The good man singing well. Critical Studies in Mass Communication 2(2): 136-151.
Yenigun, S. (2017). Stevie Wonder reflects on Motown, God, and Prince. NPR. 30 Aug, 2017.

Global Influence of Peking Opera
Words: 2948 Length: 9 Pages Document Type: Research Paper Paper #: 23245422
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Peking Opera and Its Influence
Peking Opera is a form of conventional Chinese theatre whose origin can be traced back to the late 18th Century.  In comparison to the other kinds of Chinese theatre that existed at that time, Peking Opera was a relatively new style of drama.  This theatre involved the combination of music, dance, and acrobatics that was presented in a lively and colorful way (Gao par, 1).  During this ancient times, dancers would perform Peking Opera at religious ceremonies and feudal lords’ festivals.  While Peking Opera emerged in the late 18th Century, it became completely developed and recognized by mid-19th Century.  Since its inception, Peking Opera has played a crucial role in sharing the Chinese culture across the globe.  Peking Opera conveys a national spiritual essence that is accompanied with elegance and beauty.  Peking Opera has developed to become a tool of transnationalism and acculturation through conveying…

Works Cited
Chinavine. "The Peking Opera." Chinavine. Creative Commons, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2017. .
Cifuentes, Anastasia. "The Stagecraft and Influence of Classical Chinese Opera – Fringe Arts." Fringe Arts. Fringe Arts, 29 July 2014. Web. 07 Dec. 2017. .
Gao, Sally. "A Brief History Of Peking Opera." Culture Trip. Culture Trip, 14 Dec. 2016. Web. 07 Dec. 2017. .
Hui-Qian, Zang, Sun Zhi-Xiang, and Xiang Yu-Xin. "Opera Translation and Globalization of Chinese Local Culture: A Case Study of Wuxi Opera." Journal of Literature and Art Studies 7.8 (2017): 1031-038. Print.
Lam, Joseph. "Chinese Music and Its Globalized Past and Present." Macalester International. Macalester International, 2008. Web. 7 Dec. 2017. .
Li, Yiman. "STUDY OF SYMBOLIC EXPRESSIONS IN PEKING OPERA’S COSTUMES AND LYRICS." University of Central Florida. University of Central Florida, 2008. Web. 7 Dec. 2017. .
Liu, Yao-Kun. "Peking Opera and Grotowski's Concept of "Poor Theatre"." Comparative Literature and Culture 12.1 (2010): 1-7. Print.
Min, Cai. "Peking Opera: Sharing Chinese Culture with the World." Editorial. Confucius Institute Magazine. Confucius Institute, 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2017. .

female hip hop artists impact
Words: 1746 Length: 6 Pages Document Type: Research Paper Paper #: 79905236
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Women have always been part of hip hop, even though their accomplishments and impact have been understated and unsung. Yet any cursory examination of the history of hip hop reveals countless female musicians and performers. Some, like Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Salt-N-Pepa, Lauryn Hill, and Nicki Minaj, become household words. Hundreds of others remain behind the scenes, known mainly to audiophiles or serious music historians. Tracing hip hop back to its roots shows how the musical genre and its ethos evolved as the counterpart to a broader movement for social and political change. Women have remained at the forefront of the cultural revolution that is hip hop, ensuring that feminist values and ideals become mainstream while also making sure that feminism does not become whitewashed. Patriarchal social norms have prevented the women of hip hop from receiving the accolades they deserve, but the artists who have made it their business…

Protest Songs of the 70s
Words: 1353 Length: 5 Pages Document Type: Term Paper Paper #: 42459383
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The Sixties and the Seventies were a complicated era. On the one hand it was the height of the Cold War. On the other hand, it was the height of the peace and love movement. It was an era in which the culture of America was being shaped from that point on. Feminism sparked in the 1970s, but so too did the punk movement. Before that rock ‘n’ roll had deviated into hippie music with artists singing about wearing flowers in one’s hair. The punks would spike their hair to look menacing in response to the flower people. The era was like a pendulum swinging back and forth—an action here being met by a reaction there, back and forth, on throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

When Kennedy was elected in 1960, the Cold War was underway and communism in Cuba was viewed as a threat by some—though not by all.…

Works Cited
Anderson, Terry. The Sixties. Routledge, 1999.
Beatles. I Want to Hold Your Hand.
Creedence Clearwater Revival. Wrote a Song for Everyone, 1969.
The Doors. Hello, I Love You.
McKenzie, Scott. San Francisco.
Ramones. Havana Affair, 1976. Retrieved from
Sex Pistols. God Save the Queen.

Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
Words: 1170 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 72228440
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Political Songs and Government
Born in the USA was written by Bruce Springsteen in 1981 after being inspired by a movie script sent to him called “Born in the USA” (Konow & Mercurio, 2015). Springsteen’s song was written with the Vietnam war in mind and the plight of the Vietnam Veteran and average working class kid being sent off to war. The song starts off talking about being “born in a dead man’s town”—a line that could symbolize two things, a town named after a long-dead person or a town that is literally a dead end for hopes and dreams. The song proceeds to describe how hard life is for someone growing up in a dead town—everyone goes around like a beat dog, just trying to survive. Yet the country is so cruel that when one gets into a little trouble the punishment does not fit the crime: the singer…