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B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present

B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present

1st Edition

George Plasketes
November 11, 2016

There are undercurrents and peripheral taste preferences that are a defining part of our individual and collective cultural experience. Music is no exception. George Plasketes adapts the iconic "A-side/B-side" dichotomy from the 45 r.p.m. for use as a unique conceptual, critical, historical, and...

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums

1st Edition

George Plasketes
November 11, 2016

Debut albums are among the cultural artefacts that capture the popular imagination especially well. As a first impression, the debut album may take on a mythical status, whether the artist or group achieves enduring success or in rare cases when an initial record turns out to be an apogee for an...

The British Pop Dandy: Masculinity, Popular Music and Culture

The British Pop Dandy: Masculinity, Popular Music and Culture

1st Edition

Stan Hawkins
October 28, 2016

Who are pop dandies? Why are stars like David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty and Robbie Williams so dandified? Taking up a wide range of British pop stars, Hawkins seeks to find out why so many have cast themselves in roles that often take style to absurd extremes. In this study, male pop...

Living Politics, Making Music: The Writings of Jan Fairley

Living Politics, Making Music: The Writings of Jan Fairley

1st Edition

Jan Fairley, edited by Simon Frith, Ian Christie
October 26, 2016

The late Jan Fairley (1949-2012) was a key figure in making world music a significant topic for popular music studies and an influential contributor to such world music magazines as fRoots and Songlines. This book celebrates her contribution to popular music scholarship by gathering her most...

'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop Music

'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop Music

1st Edition

Sarah Hill
October 26, 2016

In the 1960s, Welsh-language popular music emerged as a vehicle for mobilizing a geographically dispersed community into political action. As the decades progressed, Welsh popular music developed beyond its acoustic folk roots, adopting the various styles of contemporary popular music, and...

Men, Masculinity and the Beatles

Men, Masculinity and the Beatles

1st Edition

Martin King
October 26, 2016

Drawing on methodologies and approaches from media and cultural studies, sociology, social history and the study of popular music, this book outlines the development of the study of men and masculinities, and explores the role of cultural texts in bringing about social change. It is against this...

Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia

Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia

1st Edition

Uroš ?voro
October 19, 2016

Turbo-folk music is the most controversial form of popular culture in the new states of former Yugoslavia. Theoretically ambitious and innovative, this book is a new account of popular music that has been at the centre of national, political and cultural debates for over two decades. Beginning with...

Inside British Jazz: Crossing Borders of Race, Nation and Class

Inside British Jazz: Crossing Borders of Race, Nation and Class

1st Edition

Hilary Moore
October 19, 2016

Inside British Jazz explores specific historical moments in British jazz history and places special emphasis upon issues of race, nation and class. Topics covered include the reception of jazz in Britain in the 1910s and 1920s, the British New Orleans jazz revival of the 1950s, the free jazz...

The Rock Canon: Canonical Values in the Reception of Rock Albums

The Rock Canon: Canonical Values in the Reception of Rock Albums

1st Edition

Carys Wyn Jones
October 03, 2016

Canons are central to our understanding of our culture, and yet in the last thirty years there has been much conflict and uncertainty created by the idea of the canon. In essence, the canon comprises the works and artists that are widely accepted to be the greatest in their field. Yet such an...

Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction

1st Edition

Anne Danielsen
October 03, 2016

Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction presents new insights into the study of musical rhythm through investigations of the micro-rhythmic design of groove-based music. The main purpose of the book is to investigate how technological mediation - in the age of digital music production...

Brazilian Popular Music: Caetano Veloso and the Regeneration of Tradition

Brazilian Popular Music: Caetano Veloso and the Regeneration of Tradition

1st Edition

Lorraine Leu
September 09, 2016

Brazilian Popular Music, or Música Popular Brasileira (MPB), developed in the mid 1960s as a response to the re-thinking of Brazilian national identity following the establishment of the post-1964 military regime. A leading figure in MPB at this time was Caetano Veloso, and it is his music and its...

The Hallelujah Effect: Philosophical Reflections on Music, Performance Practice, and Technology

The Hallelujah Effect: Philosophical Reflections on Music, Performance Practice, and Technology

1st Edition

Babette Babich
September 09, 2016

This book studies the working efficacy of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah in the context of today's network culture. Especially as recorded on YouTube, k.d. lang's interpretation(s) of Cohen's Hallelujah, embody acoustically and visually/viscerally, what Nietzsche named the 'spirit of music'. Today...

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