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Coastal Environments in Popular Song
Lost Horizons

Edited By

Glenn Fosbraey

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ISBN 9781032137957
December 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines how popular music is able to approach subjects of bio-politics, climate change, solastalgia, and anthropomorphisation, alongside its more common diet of songs about love, dancing, and break-ups - all while satisfying its primary remit of being entertaining and listenable.

Nearly a thousand books have been published on bioethics since Van Rensselaer Potter’s Bioethics Bridge to the Future (1971), with a marked increase in the past twenty years. However, none of these books has focused itself on popular music, something Christopher Partridge describes as ‘central to the construction of [our] identities, central to [our] sense of self, central to [our] well-being and, therefore, central to [our] social relations.’ This edited collection examines popular music through a range of topics, from romance to climate change.

Coastal Environments in Popular Song is perfect for students, scholars and researchers alike interested in bioethics, social history and the history of music.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Campaigns, protests, and warnings

1. Confucius and the Ethical Edge: Shake it baby now, twist and shout

Paul D. Sladky

2. "Nobody Can Stop the Waves": Constructing the Coast in Dutch Pop Music,

Coco d'Hont

3. Frost or Fire? Popular music responses to Climate Change, 1960-1979

Chris Mounsey

Part 2: Sensuality, romance, and hedonism

4. The sensual coast: eroticism, perception, encounter

Jonathan Day

5. Rum and Coca Cola: transactional sex and inequality in coastal communities

Natasha Mulvihill

Part 3: Politics, isolation, and nostalgia

6. From Endless Summer to Endless Bummer: The Californian ‘beach song’ from 1962–2020

Glenn Fosbraey

7. Island Logic: Roots Reggae, Rasta, and Post-Colonial Critique

Justin Patch

8. Flotsam and Jetsam: British coastal songs of jettison, discovery, and retrieval (1984-2021)

Kevan Manwaring

9. The Sonically Evoked Spaces of Post Rock in an Era of Climate Reality

Gareth Schott

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Glenn Fosbraey is the Head of English, Creative Writing, and American Studies at The University of Winchester. He has published various books, chapters, and journal articles about the academic study of song lyrics including Writing Song Lyrics (2019), and Misogyny, Toxic Masculinity, and Heteronormativity in Post-2000 Popular Music (2021)