Present Tense: Rock and Roll and Culture

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'Ever since people started writing about rock, other people have made fun of them. Anthony DeCurits's anthology, with its clutch of academics, rock writers, and musicians, will strike cynics as inherently pretentious. They will be wrong: This is a smart, witty, ingeniously balanced assortment of rock commentary, with a healthy number of pieces that seem prescient and even moving.' --John Rockwell, European Cultural Correspondent, The New York Times.
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Overview

'Ever since people started writing about rock, other people have made fun of them. Anthony DeCurits's anthology, with its clutch of academics, rock writers, and musicians, will strike cynics as inherently pretentious. They will be wrong: This is a smart, witty, ingeniously balanced assortment of rock commentary, with a healthy number of pieces that seem prescient and even moving.' --John Rockwell, European Cultural Correspondent, The New York Times.
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Practical guidance on the use of pressuremeters to obtain information relevant to geotechnical problems. A mix of theoretical, speculative, technical, and practical approaches to rock & roll (including a work of fiction) by active musicians as well as writers, and academic critics as well as journalists--originally published as a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (v.90, no.4, fall 1990). An index and a new preface have been added. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822312659
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,359,250
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Eighties 1
The Church of the Sonic Guitar 13
The Enemy Within: Censorship in Rock Music in the 1950s 39
A Corpse in Your Mouth: Adventures of a Metaphor, or Modern Cannibalism 73
Why Don't We Do It in the Classroom? 93
Playing for England 101
Rock and Roll as a Cultural Practice 117
Tracking 135
Signposts on the Road to Nowhere: Laurie Anderson's Crisis of Meaning 149
Concerning the Progress of Rock and Roll 167
Los Angeles, 1999 183
Sexual Mobilities in Bruce Springsteen: Performance as Commentary 197
About a Salary or Reality? - Rap's Recurrent Conflict 219
Voguing at the Carnival: Desire and Pleasure on MTV 235
Living by Night in the Land of Opportunity: Observations on Life in a Rock and Roll Band 271
Index 303
Notes on Contributors 315
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