For Monday, we will be reading Chapter 2 from Drott’s Music and The Elusive Revolution (link for printer-friendly PDF, link for e-reader-friendly PDF). Since it focuses on the responses to the protests in French Chanson, there is an incredibly large number of songs to choose from. As you read, don’t be afraid to send me an email requesting that certain songs be distributed and discussed in class.
For Thursday, we will be discussing the so-called “Arab Spring” with two articles. Here is a link to Kendra Salois’ essay on rap’s role in Jihad on The New Inquiry’s website. For those of you who must read it as a PDF, try this (hint: the website is better). Here is Aaron Bady’s essay (alternative link here) on the role of Western spectators in the “Arab Spring.”