An Essay Contextualizing A Movie Within the Matrix of Concepts, Personalities, and Music Examined in the Course

Write an essay contextualizing the movie within the matrix of concepts, personalities, and music examined in this course. In general, think of this essay as a critical analysis in which you need to explain the points you are asserting. In this way, the assignment is an argumentative essay. Please address the following points:

  • Give a brief (1 paragraph) biographical sketch of the principal character musician.
  • Socially and musically, how is principal character/musician portrayed?
  • How did the racial and/or class backgrounds of the principal character/musician affect their involvement in music?
  • What historical phase of the development of American popular music does the principal character/musician belong to?
  •  How does their life and music reflect the issues we?ve examined in relation to that historical phase?
  • When citing or paraphrasing sources, make sure to include a bibliographical citation (either in a footnote or in a parenthetical citation) and include a bibliography

Examples Of the Movies Include

  • Selena (1997) (about Selena Quintanilla-Perez)
  • The Mambo Kings (1992) (about the Castillo brothers)
  • Round Midnight (1986) (about Dexter Gordon)
  • The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
  • Bound for Glory (1976) (about Woodie Guthrie)
  • Lady Sings the Blues (1972) (about Billie Holliday)
  • The Benny Goodman Story (1955)
  • The Glen Miller Story (1953)
  • What?s Love Got To Do With It (1993) (about Tina Turner)
  • The Doors (1991) (about the California group)
  • Sid & Nancy (1986) (about Sid Vicious)
  • Coal Miner?s Daughter (1980) (about Loretta Lynn)
  • El Cantate (2007) (about Hector Lavoe)
  • I?m Not There (2007) (about Bob Dylan)
  • Walk the Line (2005) (about Johnny Cash)
  • De-lovely (2004) (about Cole Porter)
  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) (about the Funk Brothers)
  • Sweet and Lowdown (1999) (about Emmet Ray)
  • Music Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) (about Loretta Lynn)
  • Coal Miner?s Daughter (1980) (about Loretta Lynn)
  • La Bamba (1987) (about Ritchie Valens)
  • The Doors (1991) (about the California group)
  • The Glen Miller Story (1953)
  • The Benny Goodman Story (1955)
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