Almanac Songs and Singers: Protest, Détournement and Incorporation

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Abstract

This article takes a look at the practice of the radical leftist singing group The Almanac Singers (whose members included Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, among others) from their earliest anti-capitalist and anti-war songs to their later, more liberal contributions to negotiating a unified (war) effort against Fascism.
Issues addressed herein will include assessing strategies in the practices of musical performers who have political agendas, investigating the usefulness of Guy Debord’s terminology of détournement ("turning expressions of the capitalist system and its media culture against itself"), as well as the Birmingham School’s set of terms: commodification, familiarization and incorporation.
The paper will progress through a lyrics and performance analysis, and will contextualize these with attempts to situate The Almanac Singers culturally and politically in the turbulent public and clandestine discourse climate of the US in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s.
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This article takes a look at the practice of the radical leftist singing group The Almanac Singers (whose members included Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, among others) from their earliest anti-capitalist and anti-war songs to their later, more liberal contributions to negotiating a unified (war) effort against Fascism.
Issues addressed herein will include assessing strategies in the practices of musical performers who have political agendas, investigating the usefulness of Guy Debord’s terminology of détournement ("turning expressions of the capitalist system and its media culture against itself"), as well as the Birmingham School’s set of terms: commodification, familiarization and incorporation.
The paper will progress through a lyrics and performance analysis, and will contextualize these with attempts to situate The Almanac Singers culturally and politically in the turbulent public and clandestine discourse climate of the US in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAmerican Studies in Scandinavia
Volume/Bind47
Tidsskriftsnummer2
Sider (fra-til)29-46
Antal sider16
ISSN0044-8060
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2015
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
BegivenhedCurrents and Countercurrents - University of Karlstad, Karlstad, Sverige
Varighed: 24 maj 201326 maj 2013
Konferencens nummer: 23

Konference

KonferenceCurrents and Countercurrents
Nummer23
LokationUniversity of Karlstad
LandSverige
ByKarlstad
Periode24/05/201326/05/2013

    Forskningsområder

  • folk song analysis, lyrics, dissent, detournement
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