Genre in Popular Music

Genre in Popular Music

by Fabian Holt
     
 

Why are popular music genres so passionately contested? And how is it that these genres emerge, coalesce, change, and die out? In Genre in Popular Music, Fabian Holt provides a new understanding of why we debate music categories, and why those terms are unstable and always shifting. To tackle the full complexity of genres in popular music, Holt embarks on a… See more details below

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Why are popular music genres so passionately contested? And how is it that these genres emerge, coalesce, change, and die out? In Genre in Popular Music, Fabian Holt provides a new understanding of why we debate music categories, and why those terms are unstable and always shifting. To tackle the full complexity of genres in popular music, Holt embarks on a wide-ranging and ambitious collection of case studies. Here he examines the reactions of bluegrass fans to the popular reception of the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack; the impact of rock and roll's explosion in the 1950s and 1960s on country music and jazz; and how the jazz and indie music scenes in Chicago have intermingled to expand their respective genres. Throughout, Holt finds that genres are an integral part of musical culture-fundamental both to musical practice and experience and to the social organization of musical life.

About the Author:
Fabian Holt is associate professor of music and performance at the University of Roskilde

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226350370
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Roots and Refigurations     31
Reactions to Rock: A Model of Genre Transformation     53
Country Music and the Nashville Sound     63
Jazz and Jazz-Rock Fusion     81
Urban Boundaries
Jeff Parker and the Chicago Jazz Scene     105
A Closer Look at Jeff Parker and His Music     129
Music at American Borders     151
The Jeff Parker Discography     181
Notes     185
References     201
Index     213

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