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Patrick L. Burke
Washington University (St. Louis, MO 63130-4899)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 8/31/2010

What's My Name?: Rock, Race, and Revolution in the 1960s

I request an NEH Fellowship to support the research and writing of my book What's My Name? Rock, Race, and Revolution in the 1960s. The book investigates associations between rock music and radical politics, which both played fundamental roles in US popular culture and social history during the late 1960s. While present-day cultural critics often conflate rock, revolutionary rhetoric, and African American cultural politics into a monolithic vision of "the Sixties," I argue that these facets of 1960s culture were related in intricate ways, sometimes working in tandem and sometimes contradicting one another. I propose a more precise approach that better describes both the relationship of rock to African American music and the broader connection between popular music and political movements. The book seeks to provide an account of US cultural history at a crucial historical moment and to expand our understanding of the complex relationship between musical and political expression.