Faking It The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

ISBN-10: 0393060780
ISBN-13: 9780393060782
Edition: 2007
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Description: Musicians strive to "keep it real"; listeners condemn "fakes";but does great music really need to be authentic? Did Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just acting? Were the Sex Pistols more real than disco? Why do so many musicians base their  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Musicians strive to "keep it real"; listeners condemn "fakes";but does great music really need to be authentic? Did Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just acting? Were the Sex Pistols more real than disco? Why do so many musicians base their approach on being authentic, and why do music buffs fall for it every time? By investigating this obsession in the last century through the stories of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Leadbelly, Neil Young, Moby, and others, Faking It rethinks what makes popular music work. Along the way, the authors discuss the segregation of music in the South, investigate the predominance of self-absorption in modern pop, reassess the rebellious ridiculousness of rockabilly and disco, and delineate how the quest for authenticity has not only made some music great and some music terrible but also shaped in a fundamental way the development of popular music in our time.

Hugh Barker, formerly a musician and songwriter, works in publishing in London.

Yuval Taylor, senior editor at Chicago Review Press, is the coauthor of "Faking It "and the editor of "I Was Born a Slave". He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Nobody's dirty business : folk, blues, and the segregation of southern music
T. B. Blues : the story of autobiographical song
Heartbreak hotel : the art and artifice of Elvis Presley
Sugar sugar : faking it in the age of singer-songwriters
Tonight's the night : Neil Young and being "more real"
Love to love you baby : disco and the mechanization of music
Public image : Punk's paradoxes of authenticity
Y Tu, Que has Hecho? : the re-creation of cultural authenticity
Play : Moby, the KLF, and the ongoing quest for authenticity

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