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Music and Socialism: A journey through the 80's with

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Music and Socialism: A journey through the 80’s with the group U2


Write an essay about the music that the Group U2 produced and performed in the 80’s and how it related to social issues.

Use formal academic writing in third person for this paper. The opening paragraph should clearly identify the main issue(s), problem(s), or intention(s).


How does the essay relate to issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, or other definers of identity?  Bear in mind that while lyrics and performance are important, you must address musical issues and provide a music timeline. Cite 3-4 scholarly articles using APA style formatting as your resources. Follow these steps when writing the essay: 1.Persuade your Reading Audience with a convincing position 2.Your thesis statement should IMPLY a guiding research question 3. Identify any assumptions that are part of the music genre that you chose.  Avoid making sweeping generalizations or blanket statements that would represent an inappropriate use of assumptions 4. After analyzing the cultural context, what conclusions can be drawn?

Generally speaking, the paper should not promote a neutral stance 5.The information that is obtained from outside sources should be cited appropriately using APA style. Use scholarly articles – not information that cannot be verified 6.Several concepts should be CLEARLY stated in the introduction: Describe the social, economic, and philosophic paradigms that are behind the music that you chose to write about. Do not give opinions that are not backed up by other sources, and/or the cultural context of the music 7.Your conclusions (the deductions of your analysis that have led you to your thesis) should not appear to be foregone (inevitable) ones, e.g. “the music has a good beat and makes me want to dance” with no further explanation. In addition, your conclusions should not be supported only by subjective bias, e.g. “I like upbeat music, therefore it is better than slower, meditative music.”   It should appear to the reader that you have tried your best to present fair evidence for your critique of the genre 8.Try to address the weaknesses in your arguments, i.e., acknowledge other possibilities that any opponents to your stance will likely posit as a retort. Remember too that any form of stereotyping—on your part—or bias based on gender, age, class, culture, ethnicity, or belief system demonstrates a limited point-of-view and should be avoided. However, it is appropriate to point out how limited points of view have been used by the “messenger” of the text in the text’s message


Be sure to include a paragraph, which addresses the core value Respect as it relate to the topic and demonstrate its relevance.

Core Value Respect: Animated in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we value all individuals’ unique talents, respect their dignity and strive to foster their commitment to excellence in our work. Our community’s strength depends on the unity and diversity of our people, on the free exchange of ideas and on learning, living, and working harmoniously.