Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"All you see is CRIME IN THE CITY"

    Skeme's is a very know name in the graffiti world. One of his greatest art pieces is one he did on the side of an elevated train. when you saw it go around the city, all you see is Crime in the city passing by on the side of the train. To me i think this piece is very symbolic. I say its symbolic because of the time period graffiti was a big hit amongst a lot of people. However with all those lovers of the art, there was a lot of hate towards it. The argument is that graffiti isnt considered art, but an act of vandalism. The thing is with so much controversy up in there who can one believe. So that's why I picked this piece its sort of an ironic piece in a way, because he wrote crime in the city. I think he wrote that because the fact that there will always be a debate that its not art it will be a crime and it will be all around the city. That will be a big debate going back and forth that will never end. Everyone has their own opinions to what they believe. However I personally think that the graffiti that Skeme did is considered a masterpiece, because it takes so much talent to be able to write letters and draw characters with a spray can. Not many have the artistic ability, and all that artist want to do besides do what they like is to have their work be viewed.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Bob Dylan

    Well before i get into Bob Dylan's Song " Only a Pawn in Their Game" I am going to take about Medgar Ever So you can have a better understanding on who Medgar Evers was.

Medgar Evers
  Medgar Evers was an African American Activist from Mississippi. He was assassinated on June 12, 1963. Ever's was a member of the NAACP.

   The purpose of Bob Dylan's song I believe is to make the people aware of Medgar Evers assassination and The main point is about the shooter on how it wasn't his fault. This song was for the whole world to listen and to take in and view it the way they choose.
The arguement there is in the song is that Dylan  is saying that its not Byron De La Beckwith's fault on him shooting him. It is trying to point the Finger away from the person who shot Evers. It doesnt change the fact that he pulled the trigger, neither the less it has to do with the way he was raised; their still human and they have to deal with the guilt and he has to use his own discretion in the end.

However Bob Dylan being a white man and writing and have performed this song about a colored man and saying its not his fault for killing him seems like a typical thing. Its a typical thing cause it seems as if he is backing up the killer by saying its not his fault and saying " He is only a pawn in their game" suggesting that the government is behind it all.  It shows struggle as it always  does among Colored people at that time of period. I do think that Dylan's song had an impact on everyone who listened be they white, black or any ethnicity. It has definitely been a success because his doings is still kept alive through media throughout the years.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The importance of music in the civil rights movement.

      2) What is Reed's argument about why music was so important to the Civil Rights movement? What are some of the specific roles it played in the movement? How does this relate or compare to your own experiences of the role of music in everyday life, or the relation of music to politics?

        Reed's primary view of music was used to help the black community fight off their oppression. Also so they can show of their emotions on how they felt at the time and to portray how they were treated to the people. Reed says "first the traditional gospel song and spirituals provided a  feeling of continuity over long periods of time. Another role that it played was instant historicizing,  which took old songs and re-mastered them and altered them. This would tell stories about the movement through music. Music became a big hit while protests, sit-ins were in progress so they can tell there stories out. For example at Albany they would start of  the meetings always with songs about freedom.
        I personally look at music as an inspiration. It helps me out every time, where ever I am or anytime I need it. The way it helps me out it sort of helps me escape reality, for those 4-5mins of the artist singing I feel free as if nothing can hurt or stop me. In a political aspect some politicians use certain songs to try and reach out towards a certain age group or towards a specific race. Politician would go to any cost to make an impact on a person so they can get their vote.