Controversies of the Music Industry / Edition 1

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This work presents 12 of the most volatile ethical issues facing the music industry. Real-life examples depict both sides of each controversy, and the list of resources provides tools for readers who wish to pursue the controversies further. Primary sources including court cases and excerpts from speeches help students build critical thinking skills in current issues, persuasive writing, and debate classes.

Among the controversies noted is the growing oligopoly of a few multinational music companies and the independent labels that are attempting to survive this market dominance. Drug abuse and violence depicted in music is discussed, as is its influence on young listeners. These issues and many more are discussed in detail as the authors outline the controversial topics of the music industry.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnet and Burriss investigate twelve issues in the music industry and ultimately demonstrate that rock and roll has a solid history full of battles. A chapter on drug culture and music examines lyrics from the 1930s, with Cole Porter's references to cocaine, up to the 1980s, when the Department of Defense issued a list of songs deemed drug-related. The authors discuss racial separation in music from the time of early radio to present-day rap, and they highlight some benefits of segregated music, such as the insider culture, and disadvantages, including the lower profits to black musicians. The section of the book on musical death messages argues that the theme of suicide is also found in other genres way back to Shakespeare, while pointing out that only music seems to be blamed for inciting teenage suicides. The material presented in the book is thorough and honestly thought-provoking, as are most topics for discussion found at the end of each chapter. The large flaw in the work is in its scholarly tone—source notes at the end of a paragraph on Ozzy Osbourne seem out of place and render this book on a hip topic hopelessly square. The steep price of the volume relegates it to the textbook market, but the subject matter lends itself to the occasional report rather than the focus of a class. Teachers might find this book useful to engage unenthusiastic students. Illus. Photos. Charts. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Greenwood Press, 288p. PLB
— Jenny Ingram
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313310942
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2001
  • Series: Contemporary Controversies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD D. BARNET is a Professor in the Department of the Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University.

LARRY L. BURRISS is a Professor of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Money, Music, and Marketing: A Few Multinational Companies Dominate the Music Industry 1
2 From Hendrix to Cobain: The Drug Culture of Music 29
3 Music and Social Issues: Art Form or Soapbox? 47
4 Parody and Sampling: Borrowing or Stealing Copyright? 69
5 Messages of Death: Satanic Messages, the Promotion of Evil, and Rock Music 85
6 The Glass Ceiling: Women in the Music Industry 103
7 Showdown at the Box Office: The Cost of Concert Tickets 125
8 Black and White Separation in Music: Marketing or Racism? 147
9 "I'll See You in Court": The Strange Relationship between Managers and Artists 169
10 Freedom of Expression: Filth or Freedom? 187
11 Radio and Records: A Love-Hate Relationship 213
12 Turn Up the Volume: Music and Hearing Loss 233
Index 257
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