Archive for the 'music' Category

“Jus’ and ol’ Graveyard Ghost”: Past and Present in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Bruce Springsteen’s, “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

*This was originally published in my MA in American Literature and Film Research Journal (March 2010)* “You can get killed just for living/ In your American skin” – Bruce Springsteen “American Skin (41 Shots)” This post examines the continuing relevance of John Steinbeck’s social and cultural vision in The Grapes of Wrath. It shall be […]

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: A Legacy of Racially Motivated Murder in the U.S.

I join the masses in shock and horror at the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was on trial for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on the 12th February 2012 in Florida. Martin was a 17 year old black teenager and was unarmed when he was shot twice by Zimmerman. The […]

New Publication on Lorna Dee Cervantes and Rage Against the Machine

I am pleased to announce that my article titled, “Anti-Capitalist Critique and Travelling Poetry in the Works of Lorna Dee Cervantes and Rage Against the Machine” was published in the Journal of the International Association for Inter-American Research, Vol. 5 No. 1 (April 2012). The Issue is called Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture […]

The Irish In Mexico: The San Patricios

The following videos discuss the San Patricio (Saint Patrick’s) Battalion, a unit of Irish soldiers in the Mexican Army. United under their colonial histories, the Irish soldiers joined forces with the Mexicans during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Below, the Chieftains give a behind the scenes look at the production of their recent album San […]

Occupy Wall Street or “Sleep Now in the Fire”

“American eyes / American eyes, see the world from American eyes / Bury the past / Rob us blind / And leave nothing behind” – Zack de la Rocha, 1998 Rage Against the Machine(RATM) have garnered a mass following since their beginnings in the early 90s. Some like their sound; others like the leftist, activist […]

A Review of “All You Jim Crow Fascists! Woody Guthrie’s Freedom Songs,”A Research Seminar Performance by Dr. Will Kaufman. 30 November 2009.

Dr. Will Kaufman opened his Seminar with the well-known Woody Guthrie song, “This Land is My Land.” In my opinion, this set the scene for an inspirational story of Guthrie’s transformation from a narrow-minded racist into an enlightened civil rights supporter and activist. Firstly, it is important to acknowledge the way in which Kaufman presented […]