SECT 1 – Legendary Roots:
WEEK #1 Introductions, class format, and expectations
Lecture: The urban context – the South Bronx
- The political context – a Post-civil rights era
- Black Panthers, Young Lords and street gangs such as the Savage Skulls, Nomads, and the Ghetto Brothers
- An overview of US government programs (COINTELPRO) and their methods utilized to dismantle political organizations and street gangs
- Film scenes from: Chalfant, Henry & Fecher, Rita. 1993. “Flying Cut Sleeves.” New York: Sleeping Dog Films and “Ain’t Gonna Eat My Mind”
Readings: Ch. 1-3. Chang, Jeff. 2005. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. St. Martin’s Press: New York
Rose, Tricia. 1999. “Voices from the Margins: Rap Music and Contemporary Black Cultural Production” In Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Connecticut: Wesleyan University.
Austin, Joe. 2001. “Writing Graffiti in the Public Sphere: The Construction of Writing as an Urban Problem.” Taking the Train: Youth, Urban Crisis, Graffiti. New York: Columbia University Press.
- The urban context continued: voices (or innovation?) from the margins
- Discussion: Hip-Hop’s big bang – “Rapper’s Delight” (SugarHill Gang) vs. “The Message” (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five)
- Film: Chalfant, Henry and Silver, Tony.1984. Style Wars. New York: Plexifilms.