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Pop Art and Popular Music

Jukebox Modernism, 1st Edition

By Melissa L. Mednicov


142 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This book offers an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to Pop art scholarship through a recuperation of popular music into art historical understandings of the movement. Jukebox modernism is a procedure by which Pop artists used popular music within their works to disrupt decorous modernism during the sixties. Artists, including Peter Blake, Pauline Boty, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol, respond to popular music for reasons such as its emotional connectivity, issues of fandom and identity, and the pleasures and problems of looking and listening to an artwork. When we both look at and listen to Pop art, essential aspects of Pop’s history that have been neglected—its sounds, its women, its queerness, and its black subjects—come into focus.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Introduction: Towards a Definition of Jukebox Modernism

Chapter 1: How to Hear a Painting: Jukebox Modernism and Elvis Presley in Pop

Chapter 2: Pink, White, and Black: The Strange Case of James Rosenquist's Big Bo

Chapter 3: The Sound and Look of Melodrama in Pauline Boty’s Pop Paintings

Chapter 4: Soundtrack Not Included: Andy Warhol’s Sleep

Chapter 5: Sounding Pop Art: An Exhibition History

Conclusion: Contemporary Jukebox Modernism



About the Author

Melissa Mednicov is Assistant Professor of Art History at Sam Houston State University.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / American / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Popular Culture
MUSIC / History & Criticism
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies