Documentary filmmakers have been making films about music for a half-century. American Music Documentary looks at five key films to begin to imagine how we might produce, edit, and watch films from an ethnomusicological point of view. Reconsidering Albert and David Maysles's Gimme Shelter, Jill Godmilow's Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, Shirley Clarke's Ornette: Made in America, D.A. Pennebaker's and Chris Hegedus's Depeche Mode: 101, and Jem Cohen's and Fugazi's Instrument, Harbert lays the foundations for the study and practice of "cine-ethnomusicology." Interviews with directors and rich analysis from the disciplinary perspectives of film studies and ethnomusicology make this book a critical companion to some of the most celebrated music documentaries of the twentieth century.
BENJAMIN J. HARBERT is associate professor in the music and the film and media studies departments at Georgetown University. He is the producer and director of Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians and co-editor of The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Where Is the Music? What Is the Music?: Albert Maysles, Gimme Shelter (1970) Representing the Margins and Underrepresenting the Real: Jill Godmilow, Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (1974) The Use and Abuse of Musicological Concepts: Shirley Clarke, Ornette: Made in America (1985) The Theater of Mass Culture: D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Depeche Mode: 101 (1988) Cinematic Dub and the Multitude: Jem Cohen and Fugazi, Instrument (1999) Epilogue: Toward a Cine-Ethnomusicology Appendix A: Extended Music Filmography Appendix B: Cited Interviews and Archival Material Appendix C: Glossary of Terms: Sounds, Shots, and Editing Techniques Notes Works Cited Index