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Week 2: The Problem with Experts & the Art of Story-Telling
Transcript of Week 2: The Problem with Experts & the Art of Story-Telling
who tells the story?
"For years, the recording industry excluded black artists. Along came Motown, and suddenly everyone was singing its tunes"
Motown Turns 50
Apollo Theater, Harlem.
From 1961-1971, there were 163 Motown singles hit the pop Top 20 and 28 topped the Pop chart.
The organized assembly of sanitation workers
March 29, 1968
"With an $800 loan from his family, Berry Gordy Jr. established Motown Records in January 1959. Within a few years, this Detroit-based outfit was selling more singles and releasing more hits than any other record company.
Beyond the formidable music and sales figures, Motown itself became a cultural icon. As the most successful African-American owned and operated record company- and business-in the U.S., it symbolized a new day: its energetic product reflected the striving toward progress and optimism of a long-oppressed people and the nation as a whole. Just as Jackie Robinson’s integration of major league baseball had far wider implications, the embrace of Motown’s artists and recordings by the entire listening audience helped hurdle overt racial barriers that had plagued the country since its inception."
The Sound Of Motown
A Charleston party at Princeton in 1949
MUSIC AS A TWO-WAY BRIDGE?
BLACK ART. WHITE APPROPRIATION?
African American Creativity (& productions)
Black Bottom 1926, and The Black Bottom Dance
Hellzapoppin' by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers (1941)
"Lindy Hop instructional video" (1944)
"The Roaring Twenties Dance Craze"
May 23, 1933, Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill show how to move to Duke Ellington's Bugle Call Rag
Duke Ellington & the "Cotton Club Dancers"
Bessie Dudley & Florence Hill (1933)
Duke Ellington; It Don't mean a thing (1943)
"In the twenties there was even a dance named after him
"The only documentary we have, are these two characters who claim to know him [Gnarles Barkley]"
"Warhol and he were friends, I mean he is a phenomena beyond phenomena"
Duke Ellington; Take the A train
European American Credits (& profits)?
"...he was involved in motown..."
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway
(a.k.a. Cee Lo Green).
Cee Lo came up with Atlanta's hip hop group Goodie Mob which along with OutKast helped define the sound of Southern Hip hop. Later known as the music of the Dirty South, a movement in hip-hop which gave rise to powerhouses that rivaled the East and West coast music scene.
Born in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia
Born in 1977 in White Plains, New York
Cee Lo Green
In 2006, they dropped their first single "Crazy". from their first Studio Album St. Elsewhere
Brian Joseph Burton
(a.k.a Danger Mouse)
"THE PROBLEM WITH EXPERTS"
The Artistic Duo
a.k.a Brian Joseph Burton
The Beginning of Motown
OR, ONE-WAY APPROPRIATION?
Black and White
White From Black
"to get to sugarhill way up in Harlem"
Elmore Nickelberry, left, then a Memphis sanitation worker on strike, was shocked at the King slaying: 'I was mad. It hurt me.' His son Terence displays a slogan made famous by the 1968 sanitation strike.
I Am A Man: Dr. King & the Memphis Sanitation Strike
In 1983, when the MJ video Thriller was filmed
Danger Mouse would have been about 6 years old
Cee-Lo Green would have been about 9 years old
The one you are hearing?
Which story are you listening to?
TWO AGAINST ONE
DANGER MOUSE / DANIELE LUPPI
or the one the experts are telling you?
Or the one you're being told?
The one that you are experiencing?
AMERICAN BANDSTAND 1969
JACKSON 5 ABC's
"He was there at the beginning of Hip-hop"
Atlanta, Georgia is a capital of Hip-hop & Cee-Lo Green is a hip-hop pioneer & king.
Atlanta, Georgia is not the South Bronx, New York, and the 1990s is not the late 1970s or early 1980s
If Pawley (or his audience) are confused about these facts, Barkley (and his audience) are not
See the Full Time-line and more videos here:
His talent was recognized world-wide in 2004 when he released The Grey Album, which mixed Jay-Z's The Black Album with instrumentals from the Beatles' White Album. His been in collaboration & produced records for U2, Beck, The Black Keys, Danger Doom, Gorillaz, Norah Jones, etc
a.k.a. Thomas DeCarlo Callaway
THE TROUBLE WITH EXPERTS
"Say for instance,
But the irony of it all is that she loves me all the time
my girlfriend she bugs me all the time"
What might the artists be trying to suggest about the deployment of photographs & expert testimony?
Dancing and Prancing 1963 (?)
Who Tells The Story?
Anthropologists and other Analysts (like psychologists) read "implicit" or "unconscious" signs or symptoms in an individual or society
But for the analyst, there is a patient who is referred to seek "help" for an "illness" (be that mental or otherwise), whereas the anthropologist is a student of "another culture", and the society is not ill.
What do you think Asad Means when he says :
"It remains the case that the ethnographer's translation/representation of a particular culture is inevitably a textual construct, that as representation it cannot normally be contested by the people to whom it is attributed, and that as a 'scientific text' it eventually becomes a privileged element in the potential store of historical memory for the nonliterate societies concerned."
"Normally cannot be contested by the people to whom it is attributed"
-What does it mean to have the status of a "scientific text" (Hint: what's the difference between a "scientific text" and an "artistic text" or "creative text"? Which one has more authority?