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Michael Jackson And The Blackface Mask

Author : Harriet J. Manning
ISBN : 9781317096887
Genre : Music
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Blackface minstrelsy, the nineteenth-century performance practice in which ideas and images of blackness were constructed and theatricalized by and for whites, continues to permeate contemporary popular music and its audience. Harriet J. Manning argues that this legacy is nowhere more evident than with Michael Jackson in whom minstrelsy’s gestures and tropes are embedded. During the nineteenth century, blackface minstrelsy held together a multitude of meanings and when black entertainers took to the stage this complexity was compounded: minstrelsy became an arena in which black stereotypes were at once enforced and critiqued. This body of contradiction behind the blackface mask provides an effective approach to try and understand Jackson, a cultural figure about whom more questions than answers have been generated. Symbolized by his own whiteface mask, Jackson was at once ’raced’ and raceless and this ambiguity allowed him to serve a whole host of others’ needs - a function of the mask that has run long and deep through its tortuous history. Indeed, Manning argues that minstrelsy’s assumptions and uses have been fundamental to the troubles and controversies with which Jackson was beset.
Category: Music

The Songs Of Joni Mitchell

Author : Anne Karppinen
ISBN : 9781317015130
Genre : Music
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An unorthodox musician from the start, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's style of composing, performing, and of playing (and tuning) the guitar is unique. In the framework of sexual difference and the gendered discourses of rock this immediately begs the questions: are Mitchell's songs specifically feminine and, if so, to what extent and why? Anne Karppinen addresses this question focusing on the kind of music and lyrics Mitchell writes, the representation of men and women in her lyrics, how her style changes and evolves over time, and how cultural context affects her writing. Linked to this are the concepts of subjectivity and authorship: when a singer-songwriter sings a song in the first person, about whom are they actually singing? Mitchell offers a fascinating study, for the songs she writes and sings are intricately woven from the strands of her own life. Using methods from critical discourse analysis, this book examines recorded performances of songs from Mitchell's first nine studio albums, and the contemporary reviews of these albums in Anglo-American rock magazines. In one of the only books to discuss Mitchell's recorded performances, with a focus that extends beyond the seminal album Blue, Karppinen explores the craft of Mitchell's songwriting and her own attitudes towards it, as well as the dynamics and politics of rock criticism in the 1960s and 1970s more generally.
Category: Music

Michael Jackson

Author : ChristopherR. Smit
ISBN : 9781351558341
Genre : Music
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Throughout his 40-year career, Michael Jackson intrigued and captivated public imagination through musical ingenuity, sexual and racial spectacle, savvy publicity stunts, odd behaviours, and a seemingly apolitical (yet always political) offering of popular art. A consistent player on the public stage from the age of eight, his consciousness was no doubt shaped by his countless public appearances, both designed and serendipitous. The artefacts he left behind - music, interviews, books written by and about him, and commercial products including dolls, buttons, posters, and photographs, videos, movies - will all become data in our cultural conversation about who Michael Jackson was, who he wanted to be, who we made him to be, and why. Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle includes essays that aim to understand Jackson from multiple perspectives: critical cultural theory, musicology, art history, media studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, literary theory, gender studies, performance studies, disability studies, film studies, and African-American studies. Intended for classroom use as well as research and general interest, this book expands our understanding both of this fascinating figure himself and of gender, sexuality, celebrity, and popular culture.
Category: Music

Scripting The Black Masculine Body

Author : Ronald L. Jackson II
ISBN : 9780791482377
Genre : Social Science
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Traces the origins of Black body politics in the United States and its contemporary manifestations in hip-hop music and film.
Category: Social Science

Protest Music In France

Author : Barbara Lebrun
ISBN : 0754664724
Genre : Music
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Barbara Lebrun traces the evolution of 'protest' music in France since 1981, exploring the contradictions that emerge when artists who take their musical production and political commitment 'seriously', cross over to the mainstream, becoming profitable and consensual. Contestation is understood as a discourse shaped by the assumptions and practices of artists, producers, the media and audiences, for whom it makes sense to reject politically reactionary ideas and the dominant taste for commercial pop. Placing music in its economic, historical and ideological context, however, reveals the fragility and instability of these oppositions. The book focuses on music production in France, the representations of a 'protest' identity in relation to discourses of national identity and examines the audiences of French 'protest' music and considers festivals as places of 'non-mainstream' identity negotiation.
Category: Music

Pop Culture Latin America

Author : Lisa Shaw
ISBN : 9781851095049
Genre : History
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A survey of contemporary Latin American popular culture, covering topics that range from music and film to popular festivals and fashion. * Chronology of major developments in the cultural life of post-1945 Latin America * A bibliography of the literature and electronic resources on the major forms of popular culture in each country or region
Category: History

Oh Boy

Author : Freya Jarman-Ivens
ISBN : 9781135866624
Genre : Music
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From Muddy Waters to Mick Jagger, Elvis to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley to Justin Timberlake, masculinity in popular music has been an issue explored by performers, critics, and audiences. From the dominance of the blues singer over his "woman" to the sensitive singer/songwriter, popular music artists have adopted various gendered personae in a search for new forms of expression. Sometimes these roles shift as the singer ages, attitudes change, or new challenges on the pop scene arise; other times, the persona hardens into a shell-like mask that the performer struggles to escape. Oh Boy! Masculinities and Popular Music is the first serious study of how forms of masculinity are negotiated, constructed, represented and addressed across a range of popular music texts and practices. Written by a group of internationally recognized popular music scholars—including Sheila Whiteley, Richard Middleton, and Judith Halberstam—these essays study the concept of masculinity in performance and appearance, and how both male and female artists have engaged with notions of masculinity in popular music.
Category: Music

Bologan S Black Weapons In The Open Games

Author : Victor Bologan
ISBN : 9056915436
Genre : Games
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If you are ready to play the Ruy Lopez with Black you will also need to be prepared in case White doesn't go for the Ruy and deviates after you have played 1.. e5. In this book world class grandmaster and successful chess author Victor Bologan covers all those lines with a well laid-out, up-to-date, clearly explained and eminently playable set of responses. But he does much more than just provide you with a repertoire. Bologan presents two different options against every variation: a common sense approach and a sharp weapon. He provides an index of strategic ideas: how pawn structures and piece positions define important themes. He offers a quick repertoire: the minimum knowledge required to start with. He clearly lists transposition possibilities and move order opportunities. And he has visually marked all traps and tricks. Victor Bologan has taken the chess opening repertoire book to a next level and has created an unparalleled instrument of chess instruction. Your worries are over if White deviates after 1..e5, because Victor Bologan teaches you everything you need to know. In this book International Master Arthur van de Oudeweetering supplies building blocks for your chess knowledge. In short chapters he presents lots of well-defined subjects, easy to remember because of their specific elements.
Category: Games

Black Women As Cultural Readers

Author : Jacqueline Bobo
ISBN : 0231083955
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A pathbreaking study of African-American women's responses to literature and film. . . . Bobo focuses on a small group of middle-class African-American women as they process literature (by Terry McMillan, Alice Walker) that addresses their own experiences. . . . This work should command the attention of all scholars of American popular culture. -- Choice How do black women react as an audience to representations of themselves, and how do their patterns of consumption differ from other groups? Interviews with ordinary black women from many backgrounds uses novels and films to reveal how black female audiences absorb works. -- Midwest Book Review
Category: Literary Criticism