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What was the last major racially-segregated event in the US?

Does anyone know what the last segregated event was in the US ? I'm curious about "major events", say around 10,000 people. [more inside]
posted by dubold on Feb 18, 2014 - 8 answers

 

Baa Baa Black Sheep Little Star H I J K L M N O P

Baa Baa Blacksheep, Twinkle Twinkle, and the alphabet song are all the same tune. How is it that one song has been used for three well known songs? What are some other examples of songs being the exact same tune but with totally different lyrics? (I'll accept rip off/coincidence type things like Born This Way/Express Yourself, but I'm looking more for examples where the identical-song-different-lyrics thing was deliberate and done knowingly.)
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jan 6, 2014 - 51 answers

Hit me with your best music macrohistories!

Trying to find the perfect book to scratch a partner's literary itch for macrohistories related in some way to music. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Dec 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Can you identify the group playing this ancient pagan Slavic music?

Music buffs of the Eastern European, pre-Christian/pagan and generally history-oriented sort: I stumbled upon a youtube video of what, as far as I can make out, is a group performing ancient pagan Slavic music. Fascinating stuff and I want more of it. Can anyone help me identify the group? Are there other groups like this? Thanks!
posted by tidecat on Nov 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Book about the Stones.

Pretend I came from another planet yesterday. Pretend that today I listened to everything by The Rolling Stones. Pretend that tomorrow I want to read a book about the band/their history/their music. What would that book be? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 7, 2013 - 12 answers

It was Biiiilllll...

In the late 1990's on the Oprah Winfrey show, there was a brief piece on a song that reached the low end of the R&B charts. Sonically it was pretty traditional soul music, but the twist was that it was a cheating song, but the female singer catches her man cheating with another man, named "Bill," which was the title of the song, IIRC. If anyone can provide me with the singers name that'd be great. Bonus points for an mp3 or youtube link.
posted by jonmc on Apr 25, 2013 - 2 answers

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time?

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Dec 22, 2012 - 76 answers

Sources for U.S. Music History Presentation

Sources discussing American musical history in relatively simple, chronological terms? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Oct 25, 2012 - 7 answers

A girl named Claire (or a variant of) from an 80's band

30 years ago, next week, my daughter was born. I need a soundtrack for an early life slideshow I have made. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Oct 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Has Anyone Preferred The Words To The Music?

Settle A Couple's Fight: Has there ever seen a case , in a situation where the composer of the music and the writer of the words are separate people, the librettist is more famous and his contribution is popularly viewed as superior to the composer?
posted by The Whelk on Apr 20, 2012 - 36 answers

While Rome burns

What tunes would the roman emperor Nero have been likely to have played on his fiddle?
posted by Artw on Jan 9, 2012 - 7 answers

What are the best websites out there?

If I had never seen the internet before, where would you direct me in 2011? What are the best news, film, music, art, fashion, history, technology, gossip, sports websites and blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by maca on Oct 3, 2011 - 14 answers

When did bands start picking non-descriptive names?

When did bands start using arbitrary non-descriptive names, e.g., "The Hollies" instead of descriptive names like "John Phillip Sousa and His Orchestra" or "The Fisherville Cornet Band"? [more inside]
posted by fings on Jul 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Good songs about history?

Looking for good contemporary songs about history. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Jan 24, 2011 - 65 answers

Music About American History?

I'm a US History teacher, and have had great results using songs about American History, but I'm looking for more! Can you give some recommendations? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Nov 15, 2010 - 35 answers

History of pop/rock podcast?

I would to get a better idea for the history of pop, ideally all the way from Little Richard and up to 2010, though given that there is so much to cover, shorter pieces of this history are also of interest. I guess what I'm looking for is either a podcast or a TV series - something fun and interesting, and that at the end will give me a good feel for how different genres and bands fit together, who started what, and who influenced whom.
posted by Hediot on Sep 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Songs that make people move

I am looking for songs that have brought people together, inspired them to persevere, made them desire to act or hope for a brighter future during any point in history. I am particularly interested in popular songs, songs from the African American community (including rap), work songs or religious songs that had these effects on people. However, I am interested in anything that you can come up with.
posted by qexcp on Apr 24, 2010 - 26 answers

Tell me your memorable, exciting learning experiences!

What are the most fun, memorable, interesting, exciting, and long-lasting learning experiences you have had? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Nov 20, 2009 - 25 answers

Mutton dressed as lamb

Is there a formula related to the statement "What's old becomes new again"? As middle age encroaches, it becomes harder and harder not to see history recycled and repackaged whether fashion, music, etc... [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Tell me about competitive music

Which other musical styles besides rap have battles, and for how long have they been around? [more inside]
posted by bjrn on Jun 27, 2009 - 35 answers

Songs about the past...

MixCD filter: Acro's comment in this post sparked an idea. And so now I am seeking songs about specific historic events. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Sep 2, 2008 - 40 answers

Have ears, have brain, willing to learn.

Where can I learn about music history and music theory for free? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Jan 16, 2008 - 25 answers

Montezuma's Revenge

Where can I find a downloadable version of Michael Murphey's classic, "Temple of the Sun" to download? Of course I am willing to pay for the copyrighted, legal, etc. version. But I would rather not have to buy the entire Swans Against the Sun CD to get this one song. Also, HUGE Bonus Points if you can lead me to similar(?) songs which might interest my sons (see inside for more on this challenge). [more inside]
posted by misha on Jan 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Need help getting my electronic hands on an article.

Please help me figure out how to obtain an electronic copy of an article titled "Why 1955? Explaining the Advent of Rock Music," by Richard A. Peterson. Google Books has a truncated version here, but I'd like the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by univac on Oct 22, 2007 - 7 answers

1919 Music

Seeking recordings of American popular music from 1919 and therabouts. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 4, 2007 - 16 answers

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that had/has no form of music ?

is there a documented case of a human civilization or culture that has/had no form of music ? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jun 19, 2007 - 18 answers

American Popular culture from the early 20th century?

I'm looking for sites related to American popular culture from the early 20th century: books, films, radio, magazines, music, dance, comic strips, celebrities — you name it. I'm particularly interested on the period between the wars, but open to great stuff from before (and during) World War I, as well. Little Nemo, Keystone Kops, the Lindy Hop, Enrico Caruso, Fatty Arbuckle, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Flash Gordon, Alice blue, Teddy bears, etc. These are all the sorts of things I'm after, especially as they're represented on the web. Bonus points for sites with RSS feeds. [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Nov 3, 2006 - 10 answers

What spectacularly original long playing album came out of Holland in the 60s?

What is Tony Judy talking about here: [...]the European Sixties were always Eurocentric. Even the 'Hippy Revolution' never quite crossed the Atlantic. At most it washed up on the shores of Great Britain and Holland, leaving behind some sedimentary evidence in the form of a more developed drug culture than elsewhere -- and one spectacularly original long-playing record. -- Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, page 398 No footnote, no endnote, nothing. Anyone have any theories about what album he's talking about?
posted by bonecrusher on Jul 22, 2006 - 20 answers

Music History Lessons

I'm looking for books that in some way discuss the distribution of popular music, especially pre-phonograph (though a bit of that is fine). Accurate, but not necessarily academic- if it happens to be in a particular musician's biography or a novel of some sort, that's cool. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jul 9, 2006 - 6 answers

Music of Ancient Rome sounded like...?

What did the music of ancient Rome sound like? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on May 13, 2006 - 8 answers

The Paris Crew music

Need to identify the music from a Canadian Heritage minute. [more inside]
posted by aclevername on May 4, 2006 - 1 answer

What is the origin of the term "Hip Hop"?

What is the origin of the term "Hip Hop"?
posted by Edible Energy on Dec 20, 2005 - 12 answers

Noteworthy songs or music from 1945 to now

I'd like to find a list of the most remarquable songs or music pieces that were composed from 1900 to now. [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Oct 13, 2005 - 18 answers

Educational songs that sound good

I want to make a mix CD based on educational songs that still sound good. Any subject - biology, chemistry, grammar, history, you name it. What songs should I add to my collection?
posted by Newbornstranger on May 14, 2005 - 45 answers

Robert Johnson-inspired Hip Hop

A few weeks I had to listen to a drunken guy drone on about hip-hop. There was one thing he said that caught my interest. He mentioned that there were tracks based on Robert Johnson samples. So what are the tracks and who does them?
posted by rdr on Aug 19, 2004 - 5 answers

Trance/techno rhythm question

In trance/techno music, where does the following pattern come from: A major bass hit on the first beat of the measure, then doubling to the first and third beat a couple measures later, then every beat, then eighth notes, sixteenth notes - usually accompanied by a melodic glissando climbing octaves or a vocal loop stuttering - until it releases (usually to a short pause) and then plunges into the full bass loop (and usually the chorus). Where'd this come from? What/who was the first song or DJ to use it?
posted by ao4047 on Jan 8, 2004 - 3 answers

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