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Music, Power, and Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Annie J. Randall

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296 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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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

Reviews

"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

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Annie J. Randall

CHAPTER 1

A Censorship of Forgetting: Origins and Origin Myths of "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Annie J. Randall

CHAPTER 2

Discipline and Choralism: The Birth of Musical Colonialism

Grant Olwage

CHAPTER 3

Power Needs Names: Hegemony, Folklorization, and the Viejitos Dance of Michoacán, Mexico

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

CHAPTER 4

The Power to Influence Minds: German Folk Music During the Nazi Era and After

Britta Sweers

CHAPTER 5

The Making of a National Musical Icon: Xian Xinghai and his Yellow River Cantata

Hon-Lun Yang

CHAPTER 6

Dancing for the Eternal President

Keith Howard

CHAPTER 7

"Después de 500 Años" [After 500 Years]: The Role of Saya in Bolivia's Black Cultural Movement

Robert W. Templeman

CHAPTER 8

The Power of Recently Revitalized Serbian Rural Folk Music in Urban Settings

Jelena Jovanovic

CHAPTER 9

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General
MUS029000
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal