Pop Music and the Press

Pop Music and the Press

by Steve Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566399653

ISBN-13: 9781566399654

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Temple University Press

Since the 1950s, writing about popular music has become a staple of popular culture. Rolling Stone, Vibe, and The Source as well as music columns in major newspapers target consumers who take their music seriously. Rapidly proliferating fanzines, websites, and internet discussion groups enable virtually anyone to engage in popular music criticism.

Overview

Since the 1950s, writing about popular music has become a staple of popular culture. Rolling Stone, Vibe, and The Source as well as music columns in major newspapers target consumers who take their music seriously. Rapidly proliferating fanzines, websites, and internet discussion groups enable virtually anyone to engage in popular music criticism. Until now, however, no one has tackled popular music criticism as a genre of journalism with a particular history and evolution.

Pop Music and the Press looks at the major publications and journalists who have shaped this criticism, influencing the public's ideas about the music's significance and quality. The contributors to the volume include academics and journalists; several wear both hats, and some are musicians as well. Their essays illuminate the complex relationships of the music industry, print media, critical practice, and rock culture. (And they repeatedly dispel the notion that being a journalist is the next best thing to being a rock star.)

Author Biography: Steve Jones is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Among his books are CyberSociety: Computer-Mediated Communication and Community (editor) and Rock Formation: Popular Music, Technology, and Mass Communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399654
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Sound Matters Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

The Intro: Popular Music, Media, and the Written Word–Steve Jones

Part I: Institutions and History
1. Re-Viewing Rock Writing: Narratives of Popular Music Criticism–Steve Jones and Kevin Featherly
2. Brit Crit: Turning Points in British Rock Criticism, 1960-1990–Gestur Gudmundsson, Ulf Lindberg, Morten Michelsen, and Hans Weisethaunet
3. Truth Speaking: A Brief, Highly Opinionated History of Hip-Hop Journalism–Jeff Chang
4. Critical Senility vs. Overcomprehension: Rock Criticism and the Lesson of the Avant-Garde–Robert B. Ray

Part II: Discourses
5. Consumers' Guides: The Political Economy of the Music Press and the Democracy of Critical Discourse–Mark Fenster
6. Between Rock and a Hard Place: Gender and Rock Criticism–Kembrew McLeod
7. Exclusive! The British Press and Popular Music: The Story So Far–Martin Cloonan
8. Abandoning the Absolute: Transcendence and Gender in Popular Music Discourse–Holly Kruse
9. The Politics and History of Hip-Hop Journalism–Kembrew McLeod

Part III: Case Studies
10. Jewel Case: Pop Stars, Poets, and the Press–Thomas Swiss
11. Taking Country Music Seriously: Coverage of the 1990s Boom–Joli Jensen
12. Sweet Nothings: Presentation of Women Musicians in Pop Journalism–Brenda Johnson-Grau
13. "The Day the Music Died"—Again: Newspaper Coverage of the Deaths of Popular Musicians–Sharon R. Mazzarella and Timothy M. Matyjewicz

Part IV: Coda
14. Fragments of a Sociology of Rock Criticism–Simon Frith
15. The Outro–Chris Nelson

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