Happy 100, Bollywood

New Yorker has a slideshow celebrating 100 years of Bollywood.


Readings for May 22

Jenkins, Henry. “What Happened Before Youtube?” In Burgess, Jean and Joshua Green, eds. Youtube: Online Video and Participatory Culture, 109-125. Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2009. Available on Blackboard.

Zuckerman, Ethan. “From Protest to Collaboration: Paul Simon’s Graceland and Lessons for Xenophiles.” Ethanzuckerman.com. April 2, 2009. 

Varnelis, Kazys. “The Meaning of Network Culture.” Eurozine. January 14, 2010. 

Reynolds, Simon. “Xenomania: Nothing is Foreign in an Internet Age.” MTV Iggy. November 29, 2011.

Required listening:

“Nu-Whirled Music.” Afropop.org. June 22, 2011.



Readings for May 17

Meintjes, Louise. “Paul Simon’s Graceland, South Africa, and the Mediation of Musical Meaning.” Ethnomusicology 34:1 (Winter 1990): 37-73.

Feld, Steven. “A Sweet Lullaby for World Music.” Public Culture, 12.1 (2000): 145-171. Available on Blackboard.

Suggested readings:

Garofalo, Reebee. “Whose World, What Beat: The Transnational Music Industry, Identity, and Cultural Imperialism.” The World of Music 35.2 (1993): 16-32. Available on Blackboard.

Pacini Hernandez, Deborah. “Dancing with the Enemy: Cuban Popular Music, Race, Authenticity, and the World Music Landscape.” Latin American Perspectives Issue 100, 25.3 (1998): 110-125

Timothy D. Taylor, “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery: Transnational Music Sampling and Enigma’s ‘Return to Innocence.’” In Music and Technoculture, eds. R. Lysloff and C. Gay, 64-92. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2003.

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Touching Listening: The Aural Imaginary in the World Music Culture Industry.” American Quarterly 63.3 (2011): 711-731.


Readings for May 15

Required readings:

Larkin, Brian. “Indian Films and Nigerian Lovers: Media and the Creation of Parallel Modernities.” Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, 67.3 (1997): 406-440. Availa

Sen, Biswarup. “The Sounds of Modernity: The Evolution of Bollywood Film Song.” In Global Bollywood : Travels of Hindi Song and Dance. Edited by Sangita Gopal, Sujata Moorti. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 85-104. Available on Blackboard.

Suggested readings:

Manuel, Peter. “Popular Music in India: 1901-1986.” Popular Music 7 (1988): 157-176.

Chadha, Tina. “Mix This: Young South Asians’ Love-Hate Relationship with Hip-Hop’s New Indian Beats.” Village Voice. July 1, 2003. 


Readings for May 10

Slobin, Mark. “Micromusics of the West: A Comparative Approach.” Ethnomusicology, 36.1 (1992): 1-87.

Erlmann, Veit. “A Reply to Mark Slobin.” Ethnomusicology, 37.2 (1993): 263-267.

Slobin, Mark. “A Reply to Veit Erlmann.” Ethnomusicology, 37.2 (1993): 267-269.

Stokes, Martin. “Music and the Global Order.” Annual Review of Anthropology, 33 (2004): 47-73.ed


Readings for May 8

Required readings:

Reck, David B. “India/South India.” In Worlds of Music [Fifth Edition], ed. Jeff Todd Titon, et al. Available on Blackboard.

Dhar, Sheila. “Sound and Hindustani Music” and “The Raga: an Inward Journey” (213-223), in Raga’n Josh: Stories from a Musical Life. New Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2005. Available on Blackboard.

Rahaim, Matt. “That Ban(e) of Indian Music: Hearing Politics in the Harmonium.” The Journal of Asian Studies. 70.3 (2011): 657-682. Available on Blackboard.


Okinawan-feeling Japanese video

Eat your fruits and veggies! (Can you hear the Okinawan influence in this song?)