The Day The Music Died
On February 3, 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The event later became known as The Day the Music Died after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his 1971 song American Pie . WIkipedia
The tides of culture ebb and flow, and with them come and go trends, figures, and even entire genres ( the times they are a changin’ thus spoketh Dylan).
Throughout pop cultural history, we ve had many moments that have been chronicled as symbols that both define the height and the end of an era. From Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon, to disco, techno, and grunge, to Westerns, spy flicks, and 90s action heroes, we can organize our media culture into timelines by the figures, titles, and artists that define them.
But do things really change or do they really end? Is punk dead or not? Do people still listen to techno (or is that dubstep now [genuinely asking])? What did we lose with The King of Rock and Roll? What s happened to folk music? Is rock dead and if so, who killed it? Where have all the cowboys gone? Have we had real comedy since George Carlin? Is Dave Chappelle still funny? Is Machine Gun Kelley really punk rock? Whatever happened to good old fashioned Westerns? Was reggae still cool after Bob Marley (was it ever)? Was Schwarzenegger really the Last Action Hero ? Did we really lose grunge with Kurt Cobain? Has alt-rock been the same since the 2000s?
Once again, the direction you head with this prompt is totally up to you! What defined an era of culture (can be music, film, TV, or even a specific actor, musician, band, etc.) and/or what ended it? And how do we feel about that?
PROMPTS (remember to review the video walkthrough for Critical reading 1 if you have not already. Helpful links to easily cite your source and a walkthrough of in-text citation are attached below):
1. Provide the citation for your source in MLA Format.
2. What would you say this writer/creator s thesis in this text? What are they claiming about the pop cultural text you ve chosen? Provide a quote properly cited in MLA format to demonstrate this claim.
3. What is their evidence or reasoning to support this claim? What evidence do they provide to reinforce their conclusions? Provide a quote properly cited in MLA format to demonstrate this claim.
4. Do you agree or disagree with the claims of this text? Why or why not? If so, what is it about this reasoning you find effective, or why is the evidence effective? If not, why do you disagree? Why is this evidence insufficient and why?
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