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Fado and the Place of Longing

Loss, Memory and the City

By Richard Elliott

© 2010 – Routledge

256 pages

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Description

Fado, often described as 'urban folk music', emerged from the streets of Lisbon in the mid-nineteenth century and went on to become Portugal's 'national' music during the twentieth. It is known for its strong emphasis on loss, memory and nostalgia within its song texts, which often refer to absent people and places. One of the main lyrical themes of fado is the city itself. Fado music has played a significant role in the interlacing of mythology, history, memory and regionalism in Portugal in the second half of the twentieth century. Richard Elliott considers the ways in which fado songs bear witness to the city of Lisbon, in relation to the construction and maintenance of the local. Elliott explores the ways in which fado acts as a cultural product reaffirming local identity via recourse to social memory and an imagined community, while also providing a distinctive cultural export for the dissemination of a 'remembered Portugal' on the global stage.

Reviews

This book comes as a welcome and most needed addition to the small number of publications on fado in English…' Journal of Popular Music

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Songs of disquiet: mythology, ontology, ideology, fadology; Taking place: the role of the city in fado; 'Trago fado nos sentidos': memory, witnessing and testimony in fado; New citizens of the fadista world; Tudo isto ainda é fado? Fado as local and global practice; Bibliography; Discography; Videography; Index.

About the Author

Richard Elliott is Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Sussex and researches on loss, memory, nostalgia and revolution in popular music. He is the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City (Ashgate, 2010) and Nina Simone (Equinox, 2013).

About the Series

Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

Popular musicology embraces the field of musicological study that engages with popular forms of music, especially music associated with commerce, entertainment and leisure activities. The Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series aims to present the best research in this field. Authors are concerned with criticism and analysis of the music itself, as well as locating musical practices, values and meanings in cultural context. The focus of the series is on popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a remit to encompass the entirety of the world’s popular music.

Critical and analytical tools employed in the study of popular music are being continually developed and refined in the twenty-first century. Perspectives on the transcultural and intercultural uses of popular music have enriched understanding of social context, reception and subject position. Popular genres as distinct as reggae, township, bhangra, and flamenco are features of a shrinking, transnational world. The series recognizes and addresses the emergence of mixed genres and new global fusions, and utilizes a wide range of theoretical models drawn from anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, media studies, semiotics, postcolonial studies, feminism, gender studies and queer studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General