Titel: This Is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project
Autor/en: Eric Weisbard
HARVARD UNIV PR
Mai 2004 - kartoniert - 400 Seiten
This collection of essays by musicians, critics, and scholars covers the breadth and vitality of pop inquiry today.
Introduction: Who'll Write the Book of Love? Pop Music and Pop Prose Eric Weisbard I. Narratives 1. "And I Guess It Doesn't Matter Any More": European Thoughts on American Music Simon Frith 2. US and Them: Are American Pop (and Semi-Pop) Still Exceptional? And by the Way, Does That Make Them Better? Robert Christgau 3. How Come Jazz Isn't Dead? Gary Giddins 4. Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Prehistory of "Women in Rock" Gayle Wald 5. The Birth of the Blues Luc Sante 6. Richard Speaks! Chasing a Tune from the Chitlin Circuit to the Mormon Tabernacle RJ Smith 7. Interrupted Symphony: A Recollection of Movie Music from Max Steiner to Marvin Gaye Geoffrey O'Brien 8. Burnt Sugar: Post-Soul Satire and Rock Memory Daphne A. Brooks II. Authorship 9. Bits of Me Scattered Everywhere: Ray Davies and the Kinks Robert Polito 10. Authenticity, Gender, and Personal Voice: She Sounds So Sad, Do You Think She Really Is? Sarah Dougher 11. All the Memories Money Can Buy: Marketing Authenticity and Manufacturing Authorship David Sanjek 12. Authorship Meets Downpression: Translating the Wailers into Rock Jason Toynbee 13. Creativity and Band Dynamics Deena Weinstein 14. "O Secret Stars Stay Secret": Rock and Roll in Contemporary Poetry Stephen Burt 15. Compressing Pop: How Your Favorite Song Got Squished Douglas Wolk 16. Rapping about Rapping: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Tradition Kelefa Sanneh III. Values 17. Bread and Butter Songs: Unoriginality in Pop Ann Powers 18. Good Pop, Bad Pop: Massiveness, Materiality, and the Top 40 Joshua Clover 19. The Carly Simon Principle: Sincerity and Pop Greatness Chuck Klosterman 20. Groove as Niche: Earth, Wind & Fire Robert Walser 21. Unpacking Our Hard Drives: Discophilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction Julian Dibbell 22. Lost in Music: Obsessive Record Collecting Simon Reynolds 23. Topless at the Arco Arena: Looking for the Line between Abandon and Irresponsibility During the Dot-com Explosion Tim Quirk 24. More Rock, Less Talk: Live Music Turns Off the Voices in Our Heads Carrie Brownstein 25. The Persistence of Hair John Darnielle Notes Contributors Acknowledgments Index
Eric Weisbard is the Senior Program Manager in the Education Department of Experience Music Project in Seattle. He is the former music editor at Village Voice and was a senior editor at Spin.
What exactly is pop music anyway? We all kind of know it when we hear it, but its nature is fluid: hard to define and constantly changing. This book, which was born out of the inaugural April 2002 Pop Conference at Seattle's Experience Music Project, is a unique inquiry into the nature of the pop phenomenon. Twenty-five essays by a roster of some notable contributors...scrutinize pop in its various facets as niche, form, stance, and culture...The collection's idiosyncratic range of themes includes modern pop production techniques, why certain immensely popular groups are ignored today, unoriginality in pop song writing, and obsessive record collecting. Essays touch on pop in a variety of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, soul, and heavy metal. A very thoughtful compilation of writings, many of which will likely stand as important discussions of their subjects over time. -- David Valencia Library Journal 20040501 The contributors see through the mythologies that surround pop music without losing the longings that drew them to music in the first place. The result is a collection as cluttered with treasure as a good record store--a perfect introduction to the far-flung nature of music at the beginning of the 21st century. Seattle Skanner 20040519 Just about anyone interested in understanding pop music will find something here. -- R. D. Cohen Choice 20041101