If Beale Street Could Talk: Music, Community, Culture

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Seeking to demonstrate the intimate connections among our public, political, and personal lives, these essays by Robert Cantwell explore the vernacular culture of everyday life as a way of understanding the cultural ecology of the contemporary world. A keen and innovative observer of American culture, Cantwell casts a broad and penetrating intelligence over the cultural functioning of popular texts, artifacts, and performers, examining how cultural practices become performances and how performances become ...
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Overview

Seeking to demonstrate the intimate connections among our public, political, and personal lives, these essays by Robert Cantwell explore the vernacular culture of everyday life as a way of understanding the cultural ecology of the contemporary world. A keen and innovative observer of American culture, Cantwell casts a broad and penetrating intelligence over the cultural functioning of popular texts, artifacts, and performers, examining how cultural practices become performances and how performances become artifacts endowed with new meaning through the transformative acts of imagination. He traces, for instance, how a blues song becomes a blues recording and enters a collection of blues recordings, joining other energies, both creative and exploited, both natural and human, that represent the residues of modern life and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252075667
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2008
  • Series: None Ser.
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cantwell is a professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina and the author of Ethnomimesis: Folklife and the Representation of Culture, When We Were Good: The Folk Revival, and Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound, which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Folklife as Real Life xi

Part I Darkling 1 Listen

1 If Beale Street Could Talk: A Reflection on Musical Meaning 3

2 Darkling I Listen: Making Sense of the Folkways Anthology 26

3 The Magic 8 Ball: From Analog to Digital 42

4 The Invisible Science: The Spirit of Calculation 53

Part II Feasts of Unnaming

5 Feasts of Unnaming: Folk Festivals and the Representation of Folklife 71

6 White City Elegy: Modern and Postmodern at the World's Fair 111

7 The Annual Dance: Festivity and Culture in "The Dead" 142

Part III The Parallax Effect

8 Fanfare for the Little Guy: The Scots and the Picts 193

9 A Harvest of Illth: Blues, Blackface, Fossil Fuel 212

10 The Parallax Effect: Representation and Incorporation 223

11 Folklore's Pathetic Fallacy: The Culture Power 231

12 Habitus, Ethnomimesis: A Note on The Logic of Practice 246

Notes 265

Index 279

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