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Authorship Roles in Popular Music
Issues and Debates


Ron Moy

ISBN 9781138780682
Published June 26, 2015 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Authorship Roles in Popular Music applies the critical concept of auteur theory to popular music via different aspects of production and creativity. Through critical analysis of the music itself, this book contextualizes key concepts of authorship relating to gender, race, technology, originality, uniqueness, and genius and raises important questions about the cultural constructions of authenticity, value, class, nationality, and genre. Using a range of case studies as examples, it visits areas as diverse as studio production, composition, DJing, collaboration, performance and audience. This book is an essential introduction to the critical issues and debates surrounding authorship in popular music. It is an ideal resource for students, researchers, and scholars in popular musicology and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Studio/Label as Auteur  2. Gender and Degrees of Popular Music Authorship  3. The Singular and Collective: the Writer as Auteur  4. The Interpreter as Auteur  5. The Producer/Re-mixer as Auteur  6. The Zeitgeist as Auteur: Contexts, Scenes & Technologies  Coda: The Seeker and the Sought

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Ron Moy is Lecturer in the School of Media, Critical and Creative Arts, at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.