Annotated Bibliography-RM

Robert Murphy

Ingram, Dave. The Jukebox in the Garden : Ecocriticism and American Popular Music Since 1960 . Editions Rodopi, 2010.

This source is a description and history of songs written about environmental issues from the 1960s until now.

This paper does a great job of cataloging and connecting environmental music with certain genres, time periods, and even certain cultures. This paper does go into how these songs affected the environmentalism movement stating: “more research is needed” but this will give me a better understanding of environmental music in the mid and late 20th century. I can use these examples of how music was used or created in the past to compare how it’s similar or different to how music is used in the environmental justice movement today. 

Pearce, Jade. Let’s Rap About Flint – WE ACT for Environmental Justice Movement. , 2018.

 This is an article about how rappers raised awareness about Flint Michigan’s water crisis.

This article gives a brief description on how some rappers like P-diddy and Meek Mill have made donations and pledges to help give back to the Flint community. This article also catalogs about 10 different songs and lyrics that mention Flint’s water issues. Pearce ends up describing music as a “social glue” that needs to be weaponized in order to unite the unheard peoples in this country. This is very similar to my thoughts although this article fails to mention the lack of organization in the movement and the music has led to lots of donations but not much lasting change. This source will help me to compare and contrast many different song lyrics to see how flint’s crisis is viewed and portrayed in the music industry.

Keywords:  Art, Community, Popular Culture, Class, Global