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Overview

Music videos have ranged from simple tableaux of a band playing its instruments to multimillion dollar, high-concept extravaganzas. Born of a sudden expansion in new broadcast channels, music videos continue to exert an enormous influence on popular music. They help to create an artist's identity, to affect a song's mood, to determine chart success: the music video has changed our idea of the popular song.

Here at last is a study that treats music video as a distinct multimedia artistic genre, different from film, television, and indeed from the songs they illuminate—and sell. Carol Vernallis describes how verbal, musical, and visual codes combine in music video to create defining representations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and performance. The book explores the complex interactions of narrative, settings, props, costumes, lyrics, and much more. Three chapters contain close analyses of important videos: Madonna's "Cherish," Prince's "Gett Off," and Peter Gabriel's "Mercy St."

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What People Are Saying

Simon Frith

Experiencing Music Video is the first book I'd ever read that really does take music video seriously. Carol Vernallis is an obsessive, passionate and continuously surprising video viewer, and succeeds in creating a quite new analytic field.

Simon Frith, University of Stirling

David Bordwell

A thorough, stimulating account of the art of music video. Vernallis provides imaginative analyses that are sensitive to the expressive dimension of image/ sound combinations. She shows how the power of music videos depends largely on the elusive associations conjured up by fleeting images and swift turns of sound.

David Bordwell, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Francis Lawrence

Vernallis has done what no one else has to date... she has seen beyond the surface of the music video and has found the true and unique language of the art form.

Francis Lawrence, film/music video director

Simon Frith
Experiencing Music Video is the first book I'd ever read that really does take music video seriously. Carol Vernallis is an obsessive, passionate and continuously surprising video viewer, and succeeds in creating a quite new analytic field.
David Bordwell
A thorough, stimulating account of the art of music video. Vernallis provides imaginative analyses that are sensitive to the expressive dimension of image/ sound combinations. She shows how the power of music videos depends largely on the elusive associations conjured up by fleeting images and swift turns of sound.
Francis Lawrence
Vernallis has done what no one else has to date... she has seen beyond the surface of the music video and has found the true and unique language of the art form.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231117999
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Vernallis is associate professor in the Media Arts and Studies Division of the Communication Department at Wayne State University.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionTheoryTelling and Not TellingEditingActorsSettingsProps and CostumesInterlude: Space, Color, Texture, and TimeLyricsMusical ParametersConnections Among Music, Image, and LyricsAnalytical MethodsAnalysesThe Aesthetics of Music Video: An Analysis of Madonna's "Cherish"Desire, Opulence, and Musical Authority: The Relation of Music and Image in Prince's "Gett Off"Peter Gabriel's Elegy for Anne Sexton: Image and Music in "Mercy St."AfterwordNotes Bibliography Index

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