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Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

1st Edition

Harriet J. Manning
September 09, 2016

Blackface minstrelsy, the nineteenth-century performance practice in which ideas and images of blackness were constructed and theatricalized by and for whites, continues to permeate contemporary popular music and its audience. Harriet J. Manning argues that this legacy is nowhere more evident than...

The Sociology of Wind Bands: Amateur Music Between Cultural Domination and Autonomy

The Sociology of Wind Bands: Amateur Music Between Cultural Domination and Autonomy

1st Edition

Vincent Dubois, Jean-Matthieu Méon, translated by Jean-Yves Bart
September 09, 2016

Despite the musical and social roles they play in many parts of the world, wind bands have not attracted much interest from sociologists. The Sociology of Wind Bands seeks to fill this gap in research by providing a sociological account of this musical universe as it stands now. Based on a...

The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume I: 1950-1967: From Dance Hall to the 100 Club

The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume I: 1950-1967: From Dance Hall to the 100 Club

1st Edition

Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Emma Webster
September 09, 2016

The social history of music in Britain since 1950 has long been the subject of nostalgic articles in newspapers and magazines, nostalgic programmes on radio and television and collective memories on music websites, but to date there has been no proper scholarly study. The three volumes of The...

Cultural Seeds: Essays on the Work of Nick Cave

Cultural Seeds: Essays on the Work of Nick Cave

1st Edition

Tanya Dalziell, Karen Welberry
September 09, 2016

Nick Cave is now widely recognized as a songwriter, musician, novelist, screenwriter, curator, critic, actor and performer. From the band, The Boys Next Door (1976-1980), to the spoken-word recording, The Secret Life of the Love Song (1998), to the recently acclaimed screenplay of The Proposition (...

Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City

Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City

1st Edition

Richard Elliott
September 09, 2016

Fado, often described as 'urban folk music', emerged from the streets of Lisbon in the mid-nineteenth century and went on to become Portugal's 'national' music during the twentieth. It is known for its strong emphasis on loss, memory and nostalgia within its song texts, which often refer to absent...

Popular Music and the State in the UK: Culture, Trade or Industry?

Popular Music and the State in the UK: Culture, Trade or Industry?

1st Edition

Martin Cloonan
September 09, 2016

In an era of the rise of the free market and economic globalization, Martin Cloonan examines why politicians and policymakers in the UK have sought to intervene in popular music - a field that has often been held up as the epitome of the free market form. Cloonan traces the development of...

Frank Zappa and the And

Frank Zappa and the And

1st Edition

Paul Carr
September 09, 2016

This collection of essays, documented by an international and interdisciplinary array of scholars, represents the first academically focused volume exploring the creative idiolect of Frank Zappa. Several of the authors are known for contributing significantly to areas such as popular music,...

Countercultures and Popular Music

Countercultures and Popular Music

1st Edition

Sheila Whiteley, Jedediah Sklower
September 09, 2016

’Counterculture’ emerged as a term in the late 1960s and has been re-deployed in more recent decades in relation to other forms of cultural and socio-political phenomena. This volume provides an essential new academic scrutiny of the concept of ’counterculture’ and a critical examination of the...

Punk Aesthetics and New Folk: Way Down the Old Plank Road

Punk Aesthetics and New Folk: Way Down the Old Plank Road

1st Edition

John Encarnacao
September 09, 2016

Joanna Newsom, Will Oldham (a.k.a. 'Bonnie Prince Billy'), and Devendra Banhart are perhaps the best known of a generation of independent artists who use elements of folk music in contexts that are far from traditional. These (and other) so called ’new folk’ artists challenge our notions of '...

Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local

Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local

1st Edition

Vanessa Knights, Ian Biddle
September 09, 2016

How are national identities constructed and articulated through music? Popular music has long been associated with political dissent, and the nation state has consistently demonstrated a determination to seek out and procure for itself a stake in the management of 'its' popular musics. Similarly,...

Heavy Metal Music in Britain

Heavy Metal Music in Britain

1st Edition

Gerd Bayer
September 09, 2016

Heavy metal has developed from a British fringe genre of rock music in the late 1960s to a global mass market consumer good in the early twenty-first century. Early proponents of the musical style, such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Saxon, Uriah Heep and Iron Maiden, were mostly...

The New Guitarscape in Critical Theory, Cultural Practice and Musical Performance

The New Guitarscape in Critical Theory, Cultural Practice and Musical Performance

1st Edition

Kevin Dawe
September 09, 2016

In The New Guitarscape, Kevin Dawe argues for a re-assessment of guitar studies in the light of more recent musical, social, cultural and technological developments that have taken place around the instrument. The author considers that a detailed study of the guitar in both contemporary and...

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