Rock & Roll
Project 3 – Artist Paper: Each student will write a 4-6 page paper on a specific artist or band. The artist may be selected by the student but needs to meet the following criteria: 1) they recorded and released at least three different albums; 2) they first appeared/recorded before 1990, but not before 1960 (artists from the ’70s and ’80s are preferred), and 3) Dr. Herman must approve your artist before you begin your project. This is a research paper (using standard fonts, size, and form) and you are encouraged to use any and all resources available to you. While you are not required to provide footnotes, a standard bibliography that lists all sources (including time-stamped web sites) should be included. Before getting Dr. Herman’s approval it is recommended that you do some preliminary research to make sure there is enough information available on your artist. You may also want to have a shortlist of other artists that interest you since the first artist you selected might not be approved for your report. The paper should be a historical perspective that discusses the following: Where and when did the artist get started? Who are/were their musical influences? A brief career description including relevant awards, concerts, special appearances, turning points, record labels, and/or producers. A discussion of any relevant non-musical issues such as image, politics, behavior/arrests, or personal relationships. Does the artist fit into a specific style or trend? Were they innovative in moving in new directions? Did they, in turn, influence the next generation? Why should this artist be included in musical history books? Proofread for grammar, sentence structure, and writing style.