Performance and Popular Music

Performance and Popular Music

History, Place and Time

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Since the emergence of rock’n’roll in the early 1950s, there have been a number of live musical performances that became hugely influential in the way they shaped the subsequent trajectory and development of popular music. Each, in its own way, introduced new styles, confronted existing practices, shifted accepted definitions, and provided templates for others to follow. Performance And Popular Music explores these processes by focusing on some of the specific occasions when such transformations occurred. An international array of scholars reveal that it is through the dynamics of performance – and the interaction between performer and audience – that patterns of musical change and innovation can best be recognised.

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& Francis Publishing

Since the emergence of rock'n'roll in the early 1950s, there have been a number of live musical performances that were not only memorable in themselves, but became hugely influential in the way they shaped the subsequent trajectory and development of popular music. Each, in its own way, introduced new styles, confronted existing practices, shifted accepted definitions, and provided templates for others to follow. Performance and Popular Music explores these processes by focusing on some of the specific occasions when such transformations occurred An international array of scholars reveal that it is through the (often disruptive) dynamics of performance – and the interaction between performer and audience – that patterns of musical change and innovation can best be recognised. Through multi-disciplinary analyses which consider the history, place and time of each event, the performances are located within their social and professional contexts, and their immediate and long-term musical consequences considered. From the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Michael Jackson and Madonna, from Woodstock and Monterey to Altamont and Live Aid, this book provides an indispensable assessment of the importance of live performance in the practice of popular music, and an essential guide to some of the key moments in its history.

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Fifteen papers presented by Inglis (sociology, U. of Northumbria, UK) individually situate specific popular music performances within the historical and societal contexts and consider their influence on the development of popular music as a whole. Performances discussed include the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, Otis Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival, the infamous Altamount show of the Rolling Stones, Patti Smith on the BBC's The Old Grey Whistle Test, Madonna's appearance at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, Nirvana at the U. of Washington in Seattle, and others. While the general contours of the musical and societal landscape is important to the discussion in each case, it is the performative moment that generally occupies center stage in the various treatments. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, Ă2006
ISBN: 9780754681571
0754681572
9780754640561
0754640566
9780754640578
0754640574
0754640566
0754640574
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 205 pages)
Additional Contributors: Inglis, Ian 1948-

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