HSB 4M0 – Cultural Analysis Assignment
Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand", describes music as the soundtrack of our lives.
He feels that every person in North America remembers and interprets their lives through the
music they listened to. Bearing this in mind, your task is to select one song from the post-war
world and do a lyrical and societal analysis on it. When examining the song, you need to pay
particular attention to the sub cultures that are the target / message of the lyrics.
Specifically, you need to accomplish the following:
1) Identify and obtain the song and its lyrics (title, artist(s), date of release)
2) Describe society during the era the song was addressed
3) Write a lyrical analysis of the song:
a) What do you think the overall message of the song is?
b) Does it tackle any specific issues that existed in society at the time?
c) Does the song address / target any particular groups or sub cultures?
d) Are there symbols in the song that reflect social issues occurring at the time?
4) Discuss the dynamics and characteristics of the particular sub culture that is
present in your song analysis. Do you see any similarities between that sub culture
and the sub cultures present today?
5) Share the song and your analysis with the class.
6) Your written analysis will be put in your journal.
Evaluation for this assignment is as follows:
Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Analysis of Specific demographic Demographics used to Limited use of Minimal use of
Society reasons provided to explain society, demographics to demographics, generic
explain society, in cultural and historical discuss society, information, cultural
(Knowledge) depth cultural and analysis limited cultural and and historical analysis
historical analysis historical analysis lacking
Analysis of All areas addressed in All areas addressed in Most areas Analysis of several
Lyrics great detail. Specific detail. Many addressed, some use areas incomplete.
examples used to examples used to of examples to support Limited use of
(Application) support analysis support analysis analysis examples
Sub Culture Nature and character Nature and character Analysis of group Analysis of group
Analysis of group examined in of group examined. lacking detail / depth. incomplete. Link to
depth. Strong links Links made with Simplistic link made to current society
(Thinking) explored with current current society current society missing or inaccurate.
Presentation Professional. Rehearsed. Organization Incomplete.
(Communication) Resources used to Resources used to problems. Resources Resources absent or
greatly add to add to presentation inappropriately used inappropriately used
Song Artist Student
Josh Mad World Tears of Fear
Handle Bars Flo Bots
Lorissa Begley Yesterday BOB
Joel Brown Black & proud James brown
Konstantina F*** Today Lil Wayne
Thia Lal On to the next one Jay Z
Maham Sabah Me against the world Tupac
Danielle Independent Destiny’s Child
Andre Gold, guns, girls Metric
Chenise Changes Tupac
Aleksander Hurricane Bob Dylan
Akbar My Life The Game ft. Lil Wayne
Hillarey Whatdaya want from me Adam Lambert
Carrie Hope Twista
Jaskiran Minority report Jay z
Mia T Happy Birthday Flipsyde
Mia M. Concrete Angel Katrina
Aaron 90210 Wale