Musical Belongings

Musical Belongings

Selected Essays

by Richard Middleton

Hardback Publication Date: 28/09/2009

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One of the pioneers of popular music studies, Richard Middleton has made an important contribution not only to this particular field but also to the critical and cultural theory of music more generally. Sixteen of his essays, dating from the late 1970s to the present day, have been selected for this collection, most of them previously published but some of which are new. The musical topics vary widely, from Mozart and Gershwin to rock and rap, from music hall to blues and jazz, from Elvis Presley and John Lennon to Patti Smith and Mariah Carey. But throughout, the author is concerned to locate appropriate ways of understanding 'the popular', and suggests that this task is crucial to any critical musicology worth the name. In a substantial introduction, he places his own intellectual development in the context of the development of the discipline, offering his latest thoughts on the past, present and future of critical musicology and its place in the critique of modernity. The overall theme, 'musical belongings', is revealed as a key not only to the relationship between music and the politics of possession, but also, by extension, to the investments made by musicology, critical and other, in those politics.
ISBN:
9780754628415
9780754628415
Category:
Theory of music & musicology
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
28-09-2009
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
390
Dimensions (mm):
244x169x30mm
Weight:
0.93kg

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