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Overview

Global Pop examines the rise of "world musics" and "world beat", and some of the musicians associated with these new genres such as Peter Gabriel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Johnny Clegg. Drawing on a wide range of sources - academic, popular, cyber, interviews, and the music itself - Global Pop charts an accessible path through many of the issues and contradictions surrounding the contemporary movement of people and musics worldwide. Global Pop examines the range of discourses employed in and around world music, demonstrating how the central concept of authenticity is wielded by musicians, fans, and other listeners, and looks at some of these musics in detail, examining ways they are caught up in forms of domination and resistance. The book also explores how some cross-cultural collaborations may fashion new musics and identities through innovative combinations of sounds and styles.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While Taylor's extensive endnotes and bibliographic citations are likely to put off the casual reader, his thorough research makes Global Pop a fine introduction for the more scholarly world-music listener. The consequences of such early mainstream successes as Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon haven't gone unnoticed in Taylor's study. Instead, the author attempts to look beyond the music-industry veneer in search of answers to questions of aesthetics and ethnography. A discussion of the liner notes to the Kronos Quartet's "Pieces of Africa" leads to investigations into authenticity and the motivation behind mainstream patronage. Taylor likewise examines the comparatively minor successes of Sheila Chandra and Apache Indian, artists whose names will unfortunately remain foreign to the majority of music buyers regardless of industry efforts to adjust their sound to fit the marketplace better. Taylor would have done well to consider the marketplace himself; his prose style is typical of texts compiled to support the weight of the author's advanced degrees. Fans of such worthy artists as Yassour N'Dour and Angelique Kidjo should stop by the record store for a little less strenuous world music experience. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415918725
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy D. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Music Examples
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Popular Musics and Globalization 1
Hasn't World Music Been Around for Thousands of Years?
Welcome to the Market
World Musicians
World Music Listeners
The Discourses of World Music
2 "Nothin' but the Same Old Story": Old Hegemonies, New Musics 39
Peter Gabriel: Us
The Work of Art in an Era of Minimal Reproduction
Kronos Quartet: Pieces of Africa
3 Strategies of Resistance 69
Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Two Worlds One Heart
Djur Djura: Women of the (Third) World, Unite!
4 A Music of One's Own 99
Pauline Oliveros
D'Cuckoo: Umoja
5 Strategic Inauthenticity 125
Youssou N'Dour: "A Modern Griot"
Angelique Kidjo: "Let's Create A Better Continent"
Whose Authenticity?
6 Anglo-Asian Self-Fashioning 147
Sheila Chandra: "From Me You've Stolen East and West"
Apache Indian's No Reservations: "A Very British Sound"
Bhangra in the U.S.
7 Toward a More Perfect Union: Cross-Cultural Collaborations 173
Johnny Clegg, Sipho Mchunu, and Juluka
The SongCatchers: "History 101"
Zap Mama: The Sound of Channel Surfing
8 Conclusions: We Are the World, and the Worlds Is Us 197
Binaries? Yes/No
Whose Hybridity?
The "Global Postmodern"
Appendices
App. 1 Billboard World Music Charts, Arranged Chronologically
App. 2 History of the Folk, Ethnic, and World Music Grammy Awards
App. 3 "Donall Og"
References
Discography
Musical Scores
Filmography
Interviews
Unpublished Materials
CD-ROMs
Internet Sites
Internet Newsgroups
Publications/Interviews/Materials Available only on the Internet
Books and Articles
Permissions
Index
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