Archives by date

You are browsing the site archives by date.

Somethin’ Slick Goin’ On: The Proletarian Funk of Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Somethin’ Slick Goin’ On: The Proletarian Funk of Johnny “Guitar” Watson

John­ny “Gui­tar” Wat­son was a fas­ci­nat­ing con­tra­dic­tion: a man dressed like an icon of fame and wealth whose lyrics depict the strug­gle of work­ing peo­ple try­ing to make ends meet in an era of loom­ing eco­nom­ic des­ti­tu­tion. Though he dons a funky get­up, Watson’s bleak expres­sion of work­ing life under eco­nom­ic and social oppres­sion derives from the long blues tra­di­tion dat­ing back to slav­ery and the Recon­struc­tion era.

Field Notes on Tunisia’s Green Revolution

Field Notes on Tunisia’s Green Revolution

Ayeb’s focus is the strug­gles of direct pro­duc­ers who work in agri­cul­ture in a nat­ur­al world beset by the dis­lo­ca­tions and mount­ing dis­or­ders of agro-indus­tri­al cap­i­tal­ist farm­ing. Through inter­views, he assem­bles an anec­do­tal yet accu­rate account of Tunisia’s rur­al pro­duc­tive sys­tem, a col­lage of tes­ti­mo­ny and analy­sis.