Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music

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"American popular music has always been preoccupied with the end of the world, be it the Second Coming or a natural or nuclear disaster. In Apocalypse Jukebox, Edward Whitelock and David Janssen uncover both the paranoia and hope that thread through the nation's history and surface in its music." In this book, Whitelock and Janssen reveal apocalypse as a permanent and central part of the landscape, while establishing rock and roll as a true reflection of the American character.
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Overview

"American popular music has always been preoccupied with the end of the world, be it the Second Coming or a natural or nuclear disaster. In Apocalypse Jukebox, Edward Whitelock and David Janssen uncover both the paranoia and hope that thread through the nation's history and surface in its music." In this book, Whitelock and Janssen reveal apocalypse as a permanent and central part of the landscape, while establishing rock and roll as a true reflection of the American character.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593762216
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Apocalypse Usa 7

1 The End Is Near, There, and Everywhere 9

2 Are You Ready for that Great Atomic Power? 29

Pt. 2 Four Horsemen of Apocalypse 49

3 The Harry Smith Apocalypse of American Folk Music 51

4 John Coltrane's Harmonic Convergence 79

5 Bob Dylan's Poetics of Apocalypse: The Case of "Infidels" 101

6 Leonard Cohen: Sacred Soul, Profane Flesh 129

Pt. 3 Artifacts from the Blast Zone 155

7 The End, And?: Arthur Lee's Death Trip 157

8 "The Beginning Was the End": Devo's Beautiful (Postapocalyptic) World 179

9 "Calling Out": R.E.M.'s Apocalyptic Evocations 201

Pt. 4 Apocalypse After 9/11: The End Is Still Here 229

10 "Here Come the Planes": Laurie Anderson's Concert Amidst the Ashes 231

11 Apocalypse Now/Here: Sleater-Kinney's Resistance 257

12 Green Day's American Idiot: Apocalypse in the 7-Eleven Parking Lot 281

Acknowledgments 305

Notes 307

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