Radiohead and the Journey Beyond Genre: Analysing Stylistic Debates and Transgressions

1st Edition

Julia Ehmann

Routledge
November 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 144 Pages
ISBN 9781138334748 - CAT# K393368
Series: Routledge Studies in Popular Music

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Summary

Radiohead and the Journey Beyond Genre traces uses and transgressions of genre in the music of Radiohead and studies the band´s varied reception in the online and offline media. Radiohead´s work combines traditional rock sounds with a unique and experimental approach towards genre that sets the band apart from the contemporary mainstream. A play with diverse styles and audience expectations has shaped Radiohead´s musical output and opened up debates about genre amongst critics, fans and academics alike. Interpretations speak of a music that is referential of the past but also alludes to the future. Applying both music- and discourse-analytical methods, the book discusses how genre manifests in Radiohead´s work and how it is interpreted amongst different audience groups. It explores how genre and generic flexibility affect the listeners´ search for musical meaning and ways of discussion. This results in the development of a theoretical framework for the study of genre in individual popular music oeuvres that explores the equal validity of widely differing forms of reception as a multidimensional network of meaning. While Radiohead´s music is the product of an eclectic mixture of musical influences and styles, the book also shows how the band´s experimental stance has increasingly fostered debates about Radiohead´s generic novelty and independence. It asks what remains of genre in light of its past or imminent transgression. Offering new perspectives on popular music genre, transgression and the music and reception of Radiohead, the book will appeal to academics, students, and those interested in Radiohead and matters of genre. It contributes to scholarship in musicology, popular music, media and cultural studies.

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