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

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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

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The genesis of the Beatles' breakthrough26
3To be a Beatle : John Lennon as a star during Beatlemania, 1963-196650
4Changing popular music stardom of the 1960s88
5Signs of John Lennon's rock stardom108
6John Lennon, rock culture and the imperative of activism in the late 1960s142
7Relocating a star identity in the 1970s173
8Stardom and death207
9Conclusion : imagine a rock star236
Notes245
References263
Index287

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