John Lennon Imagined: Cultural History of a Rock Star by Janne Makela | 9780820467887 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
John Lennon Imagined: Cultural History of a Rock Star

John Lennon Imagined: Cultural History of a Rock Star

by Janne Makela
     
 

ISBN-10: 082046788X

ISBN-13: 9780820467887

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Considered one of the most innovative artists in the history of popular music, John Lennon is also a fascinating example of the relationship between rock music and celebrity. Through investigation of the cultural and historical background of his stardom in England and the United States, this book explores why John Lennon became a much-debated celebrity and why he

Overview

Considered one of the most innovative artists in the history of popular music, John Lennon is also a fascinating example of the relationship between rock music and celebrity. Through investigation of the cultural and historical background of his stardom in England and the United States, this book explores why John Lennon became a much-debated celebrity and why he remains so. Lennon’s career from the 1960s until his tragic death in 1980, and even beyond, demonstrates how different expectations articulated by the star, the music industry, the media, and the fans form relations which change in terms of time and place. Using a multidisciplinary approach and intriguing case studies, this book also examines cultural identity, authenticity, and gender in popular music stardom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820467887
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Music/Meanings Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
1.Introduction1
A Short Diversion on the Origins of Study1
The Greatest Story of Popular Music?: Challenges of Writing the History5
Star History, Star Theories and Popular Music15
2.The Genesis of the Beatles' Breakthrough26
British Pop Music Stardom before the Beatles26
Northern Stars: From Local Heroes to National Obsession36
3.To Be a Beatle: John Lennon as a Star during Beatlemania, 1963-196650
"Great New Comedy Team": Humor and Popular Music50
One of the Boys: Pop Stardom and Masculinity63
"From You to Us": The Dialogue between Fans and Stars77
4.Changing Popular Music Stardom of the 1960s88
From Art School Experience to Swinging London88
Authenticity, Folk Ideology and Cultural Interaction95
5.Signs of John Lennon's Rock Stardom108
The Case of the Granny Glasses108
Psychedelic Rolls-Royce120
The Spirit of Sgt. Pepper129
6.John Lennon, Rock Culture and the Imperative of Activism in the Late 1960s142
Unfinished Participation: Avant-garde and Rock Music142
Conflicting Expectations: Forms of Messianic Intensities151
Fool of the Year 1969165
7.Relocating a Star Identity in the 1970s173
Street Politics: Lennon, New York and Radicalism173
"You Don't Get Me Twice": The Ethos of Survival184
Present Father, Absent Star196
8.Stardom and Death207
Death of a Hero207
The Posthumous Debate on John Lennon218
9.Conclusion: Imagine a Rock Star236
Notes245
References263
Index287

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