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Interpreting Music Video
Popular Music in the Post-MTV Era

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ISBN 9780367479985
March 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 233 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Interpreting Music Video introduces students to the musical, visual, and sociological aspects of music videos, enabling them to critically analyze a multimedia form with a central place in popular culture.

With highly relevant examples drawn from recent music videos across many different genres, this concise and accessible book brings together tools from musical analysis, film and media studies, gender and sexuality studies, and critical race studies, requiring no previous knowledge.

Exploring the multiple dimensions of music videos, this book is the perfect introduction to critical analysis for music, media studies, communications, and popular culture.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION; UNIT 1: INTERPRETING MUSIC; Chapter 1: Form; Chapter 2: Sound Analysis; Chapter 3: Lyrics; UNIT 2: INTERPRETING VISUALS; Chapter 4: Narrative; Chapter 5: Cinematography; Chapter 6: Editing and Special Effects; UNIT 3: INTERPRETING SOCIOLOGY; Chapter 7: Sexuality and Gender Diversity; Chapter 8: Representing Race and Ethnicity; Chapter 9: Music Video and Politics

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Brad Osborn is associate professor of music theory and affiliated faculty in American studies at the University of Kansas. His monograph Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead was published in 2017 and, along with Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman, is co-author of the textbook American Popular Music (6th edition ff.)