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Song Stories
Podcasts & interviews created by first-year students in their first semester of coursework, from two sections of Dr. Sophie Abramowitz’s fall 2019 “American Roots Music” Writing & Rhetoric course at the University of Virginia (UVa). In the fall and winter of 2019, students in the Writing & Rhetoric course “American Roots Music” spent weeks researching, writing, narrating, producing, editing, and publishing original podcasts that told a story about a 20th century song of their choice. The parameters of the project were loose: any kind of song, and any kind of story. In response, students...
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In focusing on U2’s “Red Hill Mining Town,” Miriam Mindel’s rigorous and exploratory podcast integrates two mutually-informing analysis: in it, Miriam builds the history of labor abuse in Appalachia alongside her granular sonic and lyrical analysis of the song itself. Listening to what she calls...
Published 09/01/20
Published 09/01/20
In her podcast, Grace Bassett places “Gimme Shelter” at the center of the anti-war and Civil Rights movements as a song that, in her words, “somehow captured the feelings of impending doom felt by many Americans” in 1969. Using the lens of apocalypse to analyze the song’s lyrical and sonic chaos,...
Published 09/01/20
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