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RCAH 202 - Fall 2015 - Professor Lisa Biggs: Music

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Punk band flyers and posters, 1972-1992

Three posters advertising punk rock band concerts

The Punk Band Flyers and Posters Collection has about 50 items advertising appearances by punk bands on the West Coast in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

Manuscript collection 279

Labor songs

Cover image: IWW songs to fan the flames of discontent

We have many songbooks, and a few examples of sheet music, from the American labor movement.

These were used at union meetings, rallies, and during strikes and protests.

The subject headings used in the library catalog are:

Or, combine these headings with a keyword search for (labor or working) and songs.

Sheet music

We have more than 1000 examples of popular sheet music from 1840s to the 1950s.

To browse chronologically, search for the key phrase "popular music" with results listed by date.

To browse thematically, search for the key phrase "popular music" and another term, such as:

Note that the catalog description usually does not try to say what a song is about, so a keyword search will only find words in the song title and possibly the first line of text.

For example, a search for popular music and love will retrieve I Love You Truly, but will not retrieve For My Sweetheart or Girl of My Dreams.

Women's music

Ethnic and racial stereotypes

As you saw in class, the Sheet Music collection contains many stereotypes of African Americans and expressions of indifference or contempt to the rights of African Americans.

One work discussing this is: The Image of the Negro in American Popular Songs, 1900-1920. W.K. McNeil. Paper presented at the 3rd national Popular Culture Convention in 1973.

More books and articles can be found through SearchPlus on the library homepage.

We also have a new collection of sheet music which illustrates stereotypes about the Romani people, also known as Gypsies.

Songs about war

The subject heading War songs will retrieve songs from throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Or use subject headings for specific wars:

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