In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music

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This volume examines the powerful ways in which identity can be shaped by rock music. Through the music, imagery and discourse surrounding one of the most innovative and commercially successful rock bands ever, Susan Fast probes such issues as constructions of gender and sexuality, the creation of myth and the use of ritual, the appropriation of Eastern musics and the blues, the physicality of the music, and the use of the body in performance. The band's influence is examined through socially-situated musical ...

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In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music

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Overview

This volume examines the powerful ways in which identity can be shaped by rock music. Through the music, imagery and discourse surrounding one of the most innovative and commercially successful rock bands ever, Susan Fast probes such issues as constructions of gender and sexuality, the creation of myth and the use of ritual, the appropriation of Eastern musics and the blues, the physicality of the music, and the use of the body in performance. The band's influence is examined through socially-situated musical analysis, as well as an ethnographic study of Led Zeppelin fans. Fast draws on academic and journalistic writing as well as a new interview with band member John Paul Jones. Specific pieces examined include "Dazed and Confused," "Kashmir," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Whole Lotta Love."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195117561
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Led Zeppelin and the Carnivalesque 3
1 Dazed and Confused: Intertextuality, Ritual, Gender 17
2 Stairway to Heaven: Myth, Epic, Ritual 49
3 Over the Hills and Far Away: Difference and Representation 85
4 The Wanton Song: The Riff and the Body 113
5 Whole Lotta Love: Performing Gender 159
App.: Fan Questionnaire 203
Notes 207
Bibliography 231
Discography/Videography 239
Index 241
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