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Music, Power, and Politics





ISBN 9781138870246
Published February 27, 2015 by Routledge
296 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations

 
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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

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

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"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