1st Edition

Music, Power, and Politics

Edited By Annie J. Randall Copyright 2005
    296 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Music, Power, and Politics presents sixteen different cultural perspectives on the concept of music as a site of socio-political struggle. Essays by scholars from around the world explore the means by which music's long-acknowledged potential to persuade, seduce, indoctrinate, rouse, incite, or even silence listeners, has been used to advance agendas of power and protest. The essays included examine: music used to convey political ideology in Nazi Germany, apartheid-era South Africa, and modern-day North Korea postcolonial musical efforts to reclaim ethnic heritage in Serbia and the Caribbean music as a means of establishing new cultural identities for recently empowered social groups in the UK and Brazil the subversion of racial stereotypes through popular music in the USA music as a tool of popular resistance to oppressive government policies in modern day Iran and the Bolivian Andes

    Annie J. Randall
    A Censorship of Forgetting: Origins and Origin Myths of "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
    Annie J. Randall
    Discipline and Choralism: The Birth of Musical Colonialism
    Grant Olwage
    Power Needs Names: Hegemony, Folklorization, and the Viejitos Dance of Michoacán, Mexico
    Ruth Hellier-Tinoco
    The Power to Influence Minds: German Folk Music During the Nazi Era and After
    Britta Sweers
    The Making of a National Musical Icon: Xian Xinghai and his Yellow River Cantata
    Hon-Lun Yang
    Dancing for the Eternal President
    Keith Howard
    "Después de 500 Años" [After 500 Years]: The Role of Saya in Bolivia's Black Cultural Movement
    Robert W. Templeman
    The Power of Recently Revitalized Serbian Rural Folk Music in Urban Settings
    Jelena Jovanovic
    Hands off my instrument!
    Helen Reddington
    CHAPTER 10
    Barbadian Tuk Music - A Fusion of Musical Cultures
    Sharon Meredith
    CHAPTER 11
    There Goes the Transnational Neighborhood: Calypso Buys a Bungalow
    Michael Eldridge
    CHAPTER 12
    Fighting for the Right (to) Party? Discursive Negotiations of Power in Pre-Unification East German Popular Music
    Edward Larkey
    CHAPTER 13
    Who's Listening?
    Bennett Hogg
    CHAPTER 14
    Subversion and Counter-subversion: Power, Control and Meaning in the New Iranian Pop Music
    Laudan Nooshin


    Annie J. Randall

    "This volume is a full frontal attack on the commonplace view of music as little more than innocent diversion or entertainment. Touching on folk revivals, totalitarian spectacles, censorship, and resistance, the essays in Music, Power, and Politics richly consider the play of power in music and lead us to a heightened awareness of music's transformative power." -- Gage Averill Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
    "Music, Power, and Politics compellingly demonstrates the multifaceted ways in which music has been used to enact specific political and social agendas. These essays insist that we interrogate the relationship between power and music across the globe. A bold and remarkable collection." -- Ellie M. Hisama, Director, Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College, CUNY