Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth

Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth

by Karen Kelly
     
 

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Why do the stars of rock and pop hold such a bright place in the celebrity galaxy? Why has popular music been the subject of so much mythologizing by its audience, chroniclers, and analysts? Stars Dont Stand Still In The Sky brings together critics, scholars, industry personnel and even a few stars themselves to investigate the myth-making that surrounds

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Why do the stars of rock and pop hold such a bright place in the celebrity galaxy? Why has popular music been the subject of so much mythologizing by its audience, chroniclers, and analysts? Stars Dont Stand Still In The Sky brings together critics, scholars, industry personnel and even a few stars themselves to investigate the myth-making that surrounds music-making.
Within thematic sections addressing questions of commerce, the crowd, performance and image, history and memory and romance, individual chapters include:
* Deena Weinstein on the romantic illusion that art and the music industry are separate, inimical entities
* Critic and electronic artist Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) discussing the changing relationship of artist and audience in the electronic age
* Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Harris describing the ways in which she tries to demystify her own performances and empower her audience
* Paul Gilroy reclaiming the place of black artists who have been lost in the popular histories of rock and roll.

Editorial Reviews

David Toop
With so many vengeful and disillusioned music critics riding the ranges on high horses, one might expect a book to emerge out of the desperation. This is probably it, the most dispiriting music read since Ronin Ro's chronicle of Death Row Records.... Despite entertaining pieces by Jon Savage, Chuck Eddy, and a few others, I can't imagine what purpose this volume serves except as a massive overdose of downers.
Bookforum
Library Journal
Most of the papers in this collection were presented at a February 1997 conference in New York, arranged by editors Kelly and McDonnell as a forum to explore how and why myths evolve around today's popular music. Kelly, director of publications and special projects at the Dia Center for the Arts, and McDonnell, until recently the music editor of the Village Voice, assembled a diverse group that included university professors, makers of music videos, punk rockers, magazine editors, and critics. The selections, chiefly focused on rock music, reflect this mix. Not altogether scholarly in tone, particularly because some of the contributors can be rather blunt in their choice of descriptive language, this exploration of the myths of popular music is a worthy endeavor. A comprehensive bibliography at the end, which includes works by several of the contributors, should prove a useful tool for more in-depth study. Recommended for academic and large music collections.--Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415198691
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kelly is Director of Publications and Special Projects at Dia Center for the Arts.

Until recently the music editor at the Village Voice, Evelyn McDonnell is the coeditor of Rock She Wrote, and author of a history of the musical Rent.

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