Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones (1969)

The song chosen (Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones (1969) must relate to one of the topics organizing a week’s readings in this course, but must not have been assigned in this course. The chosen song must also have sufficient political context to make it useable for this assignment. You must attach the lyrics of the song as an appendix to your essay.

In your essay, you will (1) provide your own interpretation of the meaning of the song’s lyrics; (2) clearly explain how the song is political and how it relates to the theme that you have selected; (3) choose two readings from the syllabus and explain how the song relates to those readings (is the song an example of what an author discusses); and finally (4) provide a critical review of the song that explains how it works to question, support, or comment on a political issue. Ultimately, what was the political point of the song?
Use any standard citation method that you are familiar with (MLA or Chicago). If you are unfamiliar with any, I have included a cheat sheet for the APSA version. This paper will be turned in via blackboard which will utilize plagiarism detection software.

Below is the theme the paper supposed to be written on which is Vietnam Protest/Political music. Attached are the files from the lesson as well as the music and video from the lesson that will be incorporated into the paper.

Although not directly about protest music, you will see how often political music plays a part in the Vietnam Era protests that spread throughout the country. What differences do you notice between the Vietnam protest music and the Civil Rights protest music? What do the differences mean to the different social movements?

The readings focus on a shift to rock n roll, as well as shifting societal norms between more traditional music for an older generation and the rock music of a younger generation. Pay close attention to the Gilmore article in Rolling Stone and the Lynskey chapter. Feel free to skim the Helfrich article. The Bindas and Houston articles is a great historical perspective, different from the Lynskey article.

Watch: Berkeley in the 60’s

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