Interpreting Popular Music
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Description: There is a well-developed vocabulary for discussing classical music, but when it comes to popular music, how do we analyze its effects and its meaning? David Brackett draws from the disciplines of cultural studies and music theory to demonstrate how listeners form opinions about popular songs, and how they come to attribute a rich variety of meanings to them. Exploring several genres of popular music through recordings made by Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Hank Williams, James Brown, and Elvis Costello, Brackett develops a set of tools for looking at both the formal and cultural dimensions of popular music of all kinds.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/25/2000
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Codes and competences|
|Who is the author?|
|Musicology and popular music|
|Family values in music? Billie Holiday's and Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Seeing You"|
|A tale of two (or three) recordings|
|Style and history|
|Performance, effect, and affect|
|When you're lookin' at Hank (you're looking at country)|
|Lyrics, metanarratives, and the great authenticity debate|
|Sound, performance, gender, and the honky-tonk|
|"A feeling called the blues"|
|The emergence of "country-western"|
|James Brown's "Superbad" and the double-voiced utterance|
|The discursive space of black music|
|Signifyin(g)--words and performance|
|Writing, music, dancing, and architecture in Elvis Costello's "Pills and Soap"|
|The "popular aesthetic"|
|Style and aesthetics|
|Interpretation and (post)modern pop|
|A question of influence|
|Afterword: the citizens of Simpleton|
|Reading the spectrum photos|