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dc.contributorReed, Eli
dc.contributor.advisorHoward, Don
dc.creatorDickie, Graham
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-23T14:33:02Z
dc.date.available2019-07-23T14:33:02Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/75254
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/2360
dc.description.abstractThe greater Baton Rouge, La. area is one of the richest and most soulful wells of rap talent in the country and a bastion of local hip-hop infrastructure in the South. Bootleg CD salesmen stand outside seafood shacks hawking the newest mixtapes by rising local stars, 16-year-old artists become parish-wide sensations within a matter of months, and strip clubs rule the night with music from surrounding neighborhoods. Inspired to carry the spirit of Alan Lomax’s pioneering folk song recording expeditions into the present-day, I chronicled the vibrant scene in Baton Rouge proper and its rural hinterlands -- small towns like Clinton, Jackson, and Saint Gabriel, where tightly-knit groups of artists make music in relative isolation. I tried to provide an intimate but far-reaching view of a long-ignored culture that possesses an astounding vitality and a sense of social urgency. The result was two-fold: a sweeping photo essay (“How Life Is”) covering numerous locations in and around Baton Rouge, and a film (“Till We All Gone”) honing in on the town of Clinton (population: 1,653) and a small group of rural romanticists there. Many of the rappers I met who show up in the photo essay and film view their art as their main vessel to honestly express themselves and process their day-to-day reality. There is a strong emphasis on using raps to tell the truth in an autobiographical sense. A mix CD will be flecked with blues cadences, mournful dirges, and transcendent club anthems. An unusual emotional range emerges, encapsulating love, loss, and the space in between.
dc.subjectBaton Rouge
dc.subjectAlan Lomax
dc.subjectHow Life Is
dc.subjectTill We All Gone
dc.subjectFilm
dc.titleTill We All Gone; How Life Is


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