Signifying the Ghetto: WARs Over Contested Terrain in 1970s Los Angeles
This summer I aim to reconstruct and contextualize the career of the 1970s Afro-Latino funk band WAR, perhaps best known for enduring hits such as “”Lowrider,”” and “”Cisco Kid””, but in the peak of their fame, rebound for their album and title track “”The World is a Ghetto.”” Like many American cities in the mid-1960’s, the Watts neighborhood in LA went up in flames and ignited a battle between residents, activists, artists and political officials to represent and shape low-income urban communities.
WAR’s contribution to the era’s soundscape carved out a unique political-cultural space and vision.
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- Major: American Studies
- Mentor: Christine Palmer