The focus of this collection of essays is the powerful interaction between popular music and multimedia: film, television, music video and video games. Written by a diverse group of scholars and published within the last fifteen years, the essays examine new theories and methodologies and offer opportunities for thinking across disciplines, media and hierarchies. The volume also expands the arena within which we can explore the ever-increasing and mutually affective ways that popular music and other media intertwine, reflecting and shaping perceptions, values and identities.
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Contents: Introduction: the productive potential of interactivity; Part I Cross-Genre Analysis: 'In the air tonight': text, intertextuality and the construction of meaning, Robynn J. Stilwell. Part II Film: Pop, speed and the 'MTV aesthetic' in recent teen films, Kay Dickinson; Torture tunes: Tarantino, popular music and new Hollywood ultraviolence, Lisa Coulthard; Remembering pop: David Lynch and the sound of the '60s, Mark Mazullo; Polyphony and cultural expression: interpreting musical traditions in Do the Right Thing, Victoria E. Johnson; From the warehouse to the multiplex: techno and rave culture's reconfiguration of late 1990s sci-fi spectacle as musical performance, Diana Sandars; The music that Lola ran to, Caryl Flinn; Celluloid love songs: musical modus operandi and the dramatic aesthetics of romantic Hindi film, Natalie Sarrazin; The edge of seventeen: class, age and popular music in Richard Linklater's School of Rock, Jeff Smith. Part III Television: 'Reality goes pop!' Reality TV, popular music and narratives of stardom in Pop Idol, Su Holmes; Chewing gum for the ears: children's television and popular music, Karen Lury; In perfect harmony: popular music and cola advertising, Bethany Klein; It may look like a living room...: the musical number and the sitcom, Robynn J. Stilwell; Ally McBeal's postmodern soundtrack, Julie Brown; Nostalgia, music and the television past revisited in American Dreams, Faye Woods. Part IV Music Video: Subjective perspectives through word, image and sound: temporality, narrative agency and embodiment in the Dixie Chicks' video Top of the World, Lori Burns and Jada Watson; The kindest cut: functions and meanings of music video editing, Carol Vernallis; The erotic life of machines, Steven Shaviro; Too much, Tatu young: queering politics in the world of Tatu, Sarah Kerton. Part V Video Games: Grand Theft Auto? Popular music and intellectual property in video games, Karen Collins; Dancing machines: Dance Dance Revolution, cybern
Julie McQuinn is Assistant Professor of Music, Lawrence University, USA