Rock Over the Edge: Transformations in Popular Music Culture

Rock Over the Edge: Transformations in Popular Music Culture

By: Denise Fulbrook (editor), Ben Saunders (editor), Roger Beebe (editor)Hardback

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This collection brings new voices and new perspectives to the study of popular-and particularly rock-music. Focusing on a variety of artists and music forms, Rock Over the Edge asks what happens to rock criticism when rock is no longer a coherent concept. To work toward an answer, contributors investigate previously neglected genres and styles, such as "lo fi," alternative country, and "rock en espanol," while offering a fresh look at such familiar figures as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Kurt Cobain. Bridging the disciplines of musicology and cultural studies, the collection has two primary goals: to seek out a language for talking about music culture and to look at the relationship of music to culture in general. The editors' introduction provides a backward glance at recent rock criticism and also looks to the future of the rapidly expanding discipline of popular music studies. Taking seriously the implications of critical theory for the study of non-literary aesthetic endeavors, the volume also addresses such issues as the affective power of popular music and the psychic construction of fandom. Rock Over the Edge will appeal to scholars and students in popular music studies and American Studies as well as general readers interested in popular music.Contributors. Ian Balfour, Roger Beebe, Michael Coyle, Robert Fink, Denise Fulbrook, Tony Grajeda, Lawrence Grossberg, Trent Hill, Josh Kun, Jason Middleton, Lisa Ann Parks, Ben Saunders, John J. Sheinbaum, Gayle Wald, Warren Zanes

About Author

Roger Beebe is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida. Denise Fulbrook is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Duke University. Ben Saunders is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon.


Introduction / Roger Beebe, Denise Fulbrook, and Ben Saunders Discourses / Histories Reflections of a Disappointed Popular Music Scholar / Lawrence Grossberg Elvis Everywhere: Musicology and Popular Music Studies at the Twilight of the Canon / Robert Fink "Think about What You're Trying to Do to Me": Rock Historiography and the Construction of a Race-Based Dialectic / John J. Sheinbaum Hijacked Hits and Antic Authenticity: Cover Songs, Race, and Postwar Marketing / Michael Coyle New Spaces / New Maps Why Isn't Country Music "Youth" Culture? / Trent Hill Just A Girl? Rock Music, Feminism, and the Cultural Construction of Female Youth / Gayle Wald Satellite Rhythms: Channel V, Asian Music Videos, and Transnational Gender / Lisa Parks The "Feminization" of Rock / Tony Grajeda Rock's Reconquista / Josh Kun Desires Affects A Fan's Notes: Identification, Desire, and the Haunted Sound Barrier / R. J. Warren Zanes Mourning Becomes . . .? Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, and the "Waning of Affect" / Roger Beebe D. C. Punk and the Production of Authenticity / Jason Middleton Queen Theory: Notes on the Pet Shop Boys / Ian Balfour Contributors Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822329008
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780822329008
  • ISBN10: 082232900X

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