The Soul & Rock N’ Roll: From Surviving to Thriving
Feb 14, 2018 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | Bizzell Library, Room LL118
ERIC DAY, PH.D.
Professor of Psychology
Chair of the Department of Psychology
The University of Oklahoma
Abstract: Are you ready for the Night Train? The purpose of this talk is to show how looking at rock and roll music through the lens of psychological theory can provide a more enriched understanding of human nature, particularly with respect to notions of flourishing. I will argue that much of rock and roll shows the struggles and promises of life involve wrestling with a tension between two fundamental needs: belongingness and agency. Although the work of many artists will be referenced (e.g., Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Motörhead, and Devo), James Brown will be spotlighted. In the spirit and celebration of Black History Month, I hope to provide you with a new appreciation for James Brown. As the Godfather of Soul and inventor of Funk, James Brown played a lynchpin role in how popular music is helping our culture evolve from a surviving to thriving mentality. Of course we will talk about sex and drugs, sex mostly. What would a talk about rock and roll be without discussing sex? And what might your mother think? But seriously, are you ready for the Night Train?