1st Edition

Queering the Popular Pitch

Edited By Sheila Whiteley, Jennifer Rycenga Copyright 2006
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    Queering the Popular Pitch is a new collection of 19 essays that situate queering within the discourse of sex and sexuality in relation to popular music. This investigation addresses the changing debates within gay, lesbian and queer discourse in relation to the dissemination of musical texts -performance, cultural production and sexual meaning - situating music within the broader patterns of culture that it both mirrors and actively reproduces.

    The collection is divided into four parts:
    queering borders

    queer spaces

    hidden histories

    queer thoughts, mixed media.

    Queering the Popular Pitch will appeal to students of popular music, Gay and Lesbian studies. With case studies and essays by leading popular music scholars it provides insightful discourse in a growing field of musicological research.

    Proposed Table of Contents: Introduction Queering Borders Stephen Amico Mi Casa es Su Casa: Latin House, Sexuality and the Formation of Place (p) Jeffrey Callen 'Gender Crossings : A Neglected History in African American Music' Freya Jarman-Ivens Queer constructions of masculinity in rap music (p) Vanessa Knights Big Boys Don't Cry? : Performances of Pleasure and Pain in the Bolero (p) Mario Rey Albita Rodgriguez: Sexuality, Imaging, and Gender Construction in Music of Exile (p) Queer Spaces Paul Attinello Closeness and Distance: Songs about AIDS (cp) Rachel Cowgill 'Music, Consumption, and the Lesbian Self' (p) Rachel Devitt Talk softly and carry a big...stick! Stealing the Spotlight and Building a Dyke Community with Seattle's All-Grrrl Queer Cabarets (p) Jason Lee Oakes (sc) Night of a Thousand Stevies: Queer strategies and the forging of femininity Jennifer Rycenga Is This Desire?: Queering Large-scale Form in Rock (p) Karen Tongson Tickle Me Emo: Lesbian Balladeering, Straight-Boy Emo and the Politics of Affect (p) Hidden Histories Judith Halberstrom What's That Smell: Queer Temporalities and Subcultural Lives. (p) Anno Mungen Anders als die Anderen, or Queering the Song. Construction and Representation of Homosexuality in German Cabaret Song Recordings before 1933 (p) Lloyd Whitesell Trans Glam: Gender Magic in the Film Musical (p) Mixed Media (how music/queering is mediated by visual culture and videos) Stan Hawkins Mediations on Queer Masculinity in Pop Videos (p) Sarah Kerton 'Too Much Tatu Young' (p) Emma Mayhew I am not a box of any Kind: Sinead O'Connor's Queer Outing (p) Gilad Padva Hey, Man, You're My Girlfriend! Poetic Genderfuck and Queer Hebrew in Eran Zur's Performance of Yona Wallach's Lyrics (sc) Sheila Whiteley Popular Music, Queering and the Dynamics of Desire (sc)


    Sheila Whiteley is Chair of Popular Music at the University of Salford. She is the author of Sexing the Groove: Popular Music and Gender ,Women and Popular Music : Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity and Too Much Too Young: Popular Music, Age and Identity all published by Routledge.
    Jennifer Rycenga is Coordinator of Women's Studies at San Jose State University in California. She coedited Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance with Marguerite Waller (Garland 2001). She has written for repurcussions, The Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World..

    'Queering the Popular Pitch considers much more than a new gay and lesbian popular musicology. This new collection of essays applies the queer framework to popular music, musicians, nationalistic contexts, as well as film music and stage presence' - Popular Music

    'This collection is a recommended addition for both interdisciplinary scholars and (popular) musicologists alike' - Popular Music