Genre in Popular Music

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Current Musicology - Elizabeth K. Keenan

"With his sophisticated, historically grounded application of ethnographic detail to the seemingly faceless concept of genre, Holt has done popular music studies a great service."
International Association for the Study of Popular Music

"Required reading not only for those interested in the problematic of genre, but also for those interested more generally in American music, the ethnogrpaphy of popular music cultures, and the historiography of rock, country music, and jazz."
Popmatters
What I like best about this book is how firmly Holt insists on the importance of pop culture. He argues, quite helpfully, that pop culture 'is really one of the major domains of social life for which academia has a responsibility to act as a humane and critical voice' . . . . I could not agree more. His wide-ranging study proves the point.

— Leigh H. Edwards

Danish Yearbook of Musicology
A serious and useful essay on popular music in the US and on some of the main genre-realted contradictions and tensions within that country's musical communities.

— Franco Fabbri

Ronald Radano

“This is a masterful book, a carefully argued, scrupulously researched, and elegantly written examination of the ways in which genre categories have taken shape in American popular music over the past fifty-odd years. It is a mark of Holt’s skill and imagination that he has fashioned a study that reveals both the importance of genre in shaping our understanding of popular music and why genre simultaneously confuses meaning and reception. By effectively balancing broad-based theoretical reflections with empirically grounded investigations—together with an imaginative mix of history and ethnography—Holt offers a stunning exploration of the condition of musical experience in our acutely hybridized musical world. Simply brilliant.”

Philip V. Bohlman

“Genre is the hot topic in popular music studies right now, and Fabian Holt’s book could not appear at a more critical moment, nor could it respond to that moment more forcefully. Fresh and innovative, Holt brilliantly takes readers across a multi-sited cultural landscape, gathering interviews from musicians and producers in Nashville and Chicago, radio-station owners in the rural South, and record shop clerks in the urban North, to uncover the complex role of genre in popular music.”--Philip V. Bohlman, University of Chicago, author of World Music: A Very Short Introduction
 

Harris M. Berger

“With great creativity and insight, Fabian Holt explores the concept of genre and illustrates its relevance for the politics and aesthetics of popular music. His writing is lively and accessible, and his sophisticated mix of historical and ethnographic approaches puts the complexities of American music into sharp relief and reveals the ways in which ideas of genre shape experiences of music—even, or especially, when performers and listeners cross musical boundaries.”
Popmatters - Leigh H. Edwards

"What I like best about this book is how firmly Holt insists on the importance of pop culture. He argues, quite helpfully, that pop culture 'is really one of the major domains of social life for which academia has a responsibility to act as a humane and critical voice' . . . . I could not agree more. His wide-ranging study proves the point."
Danish Yearbook of Musicology - Franco Fabbri

"A serious and useful essay on popular music in the US and on some of the main genre-realted contradictions and tensions within that country's musical communities."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226350394
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Fabian Holt is associate professor of music and performance at the University of Roskilde.

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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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