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Popular Music and Multimedia

1st Edition

Edited by Julie McQuinn


536 pages

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pub: 2011-10-28
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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

Julie McQuinn is Assistant Professor of Music, Lawrence University, USA

About the Series

The Library of Essays on Popular Music

The Library of Essays on Popular Music
Popular music has become not only one of the most lucrative spheres of human activity, but also one of the most influential on the identities of individuals and communities. Popular music matters, and it matters to many people, people we can only partially understand if we do not understand their music. In the light of this phenomenon the academic study of popular music has become universally established as an active discipline at university level and this timely series brings together the fruits of recent teaching and research in this field. It makes overt recognition of the fact that the study of popular music is necessarily inter-disciplinary and addresses issues as diverse as: the popular music industry and its institutions; aspects of the history of genres; issues in the theories and methodologies of study and practice; questions of the ontologies and hermeneutics of particular musics; the varying influence of different waves of technological development; the ways markets and audiences are constructed, reproduced and reached; and aspects of the repertory without which there would be no popular music to study. The eight volumes in this series span the range of the world's popular music genres from rap, hip hop, soul and jazz, to roots, electronica, dance and club music. Each volume editor has contributed an introductory essay which constitutes a broad overview of the specific group of genres, and made a selection of the most important and influential published articles, papers and other relevant material. Taken together, these volumes offer an invaluable resource for the study of popular music today in all its forms.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock