Re: [Videolib] protest music

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Thu, 27 Jul 2006 08:21:55 -0700

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Hi

The piece you're referring to is probably Get up, stand up: the
history of pop and politics.

Abstract: Chronicles the fusion of popular music with political and
social causes through the latter half of the 20th century, including
activism for civil and human rights, environmentalism and peace and
against apartheid, wars, Third World famine and debt, nuclear power
and US foreign policy. Includes archival material and interviews with artists.

...never sold in the country, I think.

Here are a few ideas re music and social change

We Shall Overcome
Traces the transformation of the title song from an old slave
spiritual to the anthem of the civil rights movement, while
chronicling its effect on human rights movements in the United States
and in other parts of the world, using historical footage and
personal recollections. Narrator: Harry Belafonte. Performers: Pete
Seeger, Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Peter, Paul & Mary, the SNCC Freedom
Singers, Guy Carawan, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Desmond Tutu. 1989. 58 min
Dist: California Newsreel

A Riot of My Own. (The Rebels)
With the worlds "I am an anarchist" Londoner Johnny Rotten began a
full-blown counterculture of protest and self-expression; a cry
against crushing youth unemployment and a voice for the
disenfranchised. This film examines a new kind of music, a new social
critique and a new form of free speech. Featured are the bands, the
Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Damned who turned the rebellious
tension of rock and roll back on itself -- and blew it up. 1998.
Dist: Filmwest Associate

The Internationale
Using rare archival footage and interviews with historians, musicians
and activists, this film tells the story of this 100-year-old anthem
of the oppressed and exploited, and celebrates the relationship
between music and social change. A Spanish Civil War veteran, a labor
activist, a student leader of the Tiananmen Square protests and
others describe the emotional reaction they have when they hear the
notes which still unite those who are part of the international
movement for justice and equality. 2000. 57 min.
Dist: First Run/Icarus

Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story
The story of legendary reggae superstar Bob Marley, the musician, the
poet and the prophet. Marley was a symbol of human rights who,
through his music, decried the injustices of all people and fought
for social equality with zealous determination. Includes previously
unheard recordings, news footage of the time and live performances of
many of his classic hits. Also features intimate glimpses of life
with his family and the early years in "Trenchtown," and exculsive
interviews with his wife Rita Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Chris
Blackwell and the original members of The Wailers. Special features:
Bob Marley discography; previews; song and scene access. 2000. 89 min.
Dist: most home video distributors

Sabemos Mirar We Can See (South Series).
Looks at how rock music has become an outlet for young Argentinean's
frustrations. The 1976 military coup dramatically halted the
political activities of Argentina's youth. 25 min.
Dist: First Run/Icarus

and if your facultyperson wants music itself, have him (or you) check
out the great CD audio collection:

The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground
from the Pages of Broadside Magazine[SOUND RECORDING]
Performers: Phil Ochs, Peter La Farge, The Broadside Singers, Pete
Seeger, Mark Spoelstra, Jim Page, Malvina Reynolds, Tom Paxton, Bob
Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Freedom Singers, Janis Ian, Len
Chandler, El Teatro Campesino, Paul Kaplan, Wes Houston, The New
World Singers, Rev. F. D. Kirkpatrick, Jim Collier, Sammy Walker,
Peggy Seeger.

Broadside was a small underground magazine filled with new songs by
artists too radical for the establishment. These songs tell stories
rooted in American history from 1962 through 1988 addressing such
issues as warfare, nuclear threat, ethnic conflicts, immigrants'
sufferings, unequal treatment of women, ecological devastation and
social injustice. This extensively annotated 5 CD set includes 89
songs, some never commercially released, extensive notes, graphics
from the original Broadside magazine and more.
Dist: most mass market music distributors

Gary

Strange Fruit
A documentary exploring the history and legacy of the anti-lynching
protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. The film examines the
history of lynching, the courage of those who fought for racial
justice, and the interplay of race, labor and the left and popular
culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement.
It also presents the story of the composer Lewis Allan, a Jewish
schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx who wrote the poem
and later set it to music. c2002. 58 min.
Dist: California Newsreel
>Dear Vid Libbers,

> I have an instructor who insists on putting an item on reserve that
>violates copyright. I have offered his mother options (like getting a
>legit item to replace, writing to get permission, updating his tired
>class/syllabus) but he claims that there are no other videos like this
>one that he taped from the TV years ago. I would love to stump him and
>get as good if not a better title.
>
>The original show was "Get Up, Stand Up", a PBS production. The basic
>topic is protest music or music that accompanies social change movements
>or the intersection of music and protest - you get the picture. I think
>that a great punk music documentary fits the bill quite well, but
>something tells me that the instructor wants something exactly like "Get
>Up, Stand Up" and nothing else.
>
> (His point is that he should be allowed to put this taped-from-TV
>thing on reserve indefinitely because (a) he has before and (b) he needs
>it for his class. Hardly compelling, I know but I would like to get him
>a legit replacement so as to put an end to the two semester long
>wrangle. Apparently he has a crystal ball too and can see that PBS would
>never give him permission to have it on reserve or show it.)
>
>Could you all suggest some titles, especially if you are familiar with
>Get Up, Stand Up?
>
>Thanks,
>Ciara
>VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of
>issues relating to the selection, evaluation,
>acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current
>and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It
>is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for
>video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between
>libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

*****

"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail,
all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of
spectacles."
--Guy Debord
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Hi

The piece you're referring to is probably Get up, stand up: the history of pop and politics.

Abstract: Chronicles the fusion of popular music with political and social causes through the latter half of the 20th century, including activism for civil and human rights, environmentalism and peace and against apartheid, wars, Third World famine and debt, nuclear power and US foreign policy. Includes archival material and interviews with artists.

...never sold in the country, I think.

Here are a few ideas re music and social change

We Shall Overcome
Traces the transformation of the title song from an old slave spiritual to the anthem of the civil rights movement, while chronicling its effect on human rights movements in the United States and in other parts of the world, using historical footage and personal recollections. Narrator: Harry Belafonte. Performers: Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Peter, Paul & Mary, the SNCC Freedom Singers, Guy Carawan, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Desmond Tutu. 1989. 58 min
Dist:  California Newsreel


A Riot of My Own. (The Rebels)
With the worlds "I am an anarchist" Londoner Johnny Rotten began a full-blown counterculture of protest and self-expression; a cry against crushing youth unemployment and a voice for the disenfranchised. This film examines a new kind of music, a new social critique and a new form of free speech. Featured are the bands, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Damned who turned the rebellious tension of rock and roll back on itself -- and blew it up. 1998.
Dist: Filmwest Associate


The Internationale
Using rare archival footage and interviews with historians, musicians and activists, this film tells the story of this 100-year-old anthem of the oppressed and exploited, and celebrates the relationship between music and social change. A Spanish Civil War veteran, a labor activist, a student leader of the Tiananmen Square protests and others describe the emotional reaction they have when they hear the notes which still unite those who are part of the international movement for justice and equality. 2000. 57 min.
Dist:  First Run/Icarus

Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story
The story of legendary reggae superstar Bob Marley, the musician, the poet and the prophet. Marley was a symbol of human rights who, through his music, decried the injustices of all people and fought for social equality with zealous determination. Includes previously unheard recordings, news footage of the time and live performances of many of his classic hits. Also features intimate glimpses of life with his family and the early years in "Trenchtown," and exculsive interviews with his wife Rita Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Chris Blackwell and the original members of The Wailers. Special features: Bob Marley discography; previews; song and scene access. 2000. 89 min.
Dist:  most home video distributors

Sabemos Mirar We Can See (South Series).
Looks at how rock music has become an outlet for young Argentinean's frustrations. The 1976 military coup dramatically halted the political activities of Argentina's youth. 25 min.
Dist:  First Run/Icarus

and if your facultyperson wants music itself, have him (or you) check out the great CD audio collection:

The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine[SOUND RECORDING]
Performers: Phil Ochs, Peter La Farge, The Broadside Singers, Pete Seeger, Mark Spoelstra, Jim Page, Malvina Reynolds, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Freedom Singers, Janis Ian, Len Chandler, El Teatro Campesino, Paul Kaplan, Wes Houston, The New World Singers, Rev. F. D. Kirkpatrick, Jim Collier, Sammy Walker, Peggy Seeger.

Broadside was a small underground magazine filled with new songs by artists too radical for the establishment. These songs tell stories rooted in American history from 1962 through 1988 addressing such issues as warfare, nuclear threat, ethnic conflicts, immigrants' sufferings, unequal treatment of women, ecological devastation and social injustice. This extensively annotated 5 CD set includes 89 songs, some never commercially released, extensive notes, graphics from the original Broadside magazine and more.
Dist:  most mass market music distributors

Gary

Strange Fruit
A documentary exploring the history and legacy of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. The film examines the history of lynching, the courage of those who fought for racial justice, and the interplay of race, labor and the left and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. It also presents the story of the composer Lewis Allan, a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx who wrote the poem and later set it to music. c2002. 58 min.
Dist:  California Newsreel

Dear Vid Libbers,




 I have an instructor who insists on putting an item on reserve that
violates copyright. I have offered his mother options (like getting a
legit item to replace, writing to get permission, updating his tired
class/syllabus) but he claims that there are no other videos like this
one that he taped from the TV years ago. I would love to stump him and
get as good if not a better title.

The original show was "Get Up, Stand Up", a PBS production. The basic
topic is protest music or music that accompanies social change movements
or the intersection of music and protest  - you get the picture. I think
that a great punk music documentary fits the bill quite well, but
something tells me that the instructor wants something exactly like "Get
Up, Stand Up" and nothing else.

 (His point is that he should be allowed to put this taped-from-TV
thing on reserve indefinitely because (a) he has before and (b) he needs
it for his class. Hardly compelling, I know but  I would like to get him
a legit replacement so as to put an end to the two semester long
wrangle. Apparently he has a crystal ball too and can see that PBS would
never give him permission to have it on reserve or show it.)

Could you all suggest some titles, especially if you are familiar with
Get Up, Stand Up?

Thanks,
Ciara
VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

*****

"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail,
           all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles."
               --Guy Debord

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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.