Teenage Nervous Breakdown / Edition 2

Teenage Nervous Breakdown / Edition 2

by David Walley, Walley Walley
     
 

Teenage Nervous Breakdown: Music and Politics in the Post-Elvis Era combines music and cultural history and criticism to examine how rock and the rock lifestyle have been merchandised first to a teenage audience and eventually to a worldwide consumer society. Well-known, iconoclastic writer/ critic David Walley examines the entire rock culture and

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Teenage Nervous Breakdown: Music and Politics in the Post-Elvis Era combines music and cultural history and criticism to examine how rock and the rock lifestyle have been merchandised first to a teenage audience and eventually to a worldwide consumer society. Well-known, iconoclastic writer/ critic David Walley examines the entire rock culture and how it has infused all aspects of American (and world) life, from entertainment to politics to academic education. In a series of what he describes as "word-jazz rock and roll improvisations and variations," Walley examines how adult culture has been "adolescent-ized" and what the ramifications are on our society.
Walley is not an uninvolved observer-his personal story and opinions are right up front, where they belong. Famous for being the first writer to recognize the commercial genius of Frank Zappa (in the landmark book, No Commercial Potential, first published in 1972 and still in print today), Walley is ideally suited to examine how commercialism has invaded rock music, and in turn how this commercialism has invaded rock music, and in turn how this commercial stepchild of rock has become a culture unto itself. He tackles everything from the elevation of youth culture to the mainstream; the fast-food economy; the commercial hijack of the counterculture movement; the "cool" aesthetic; the marketing of politicians; psychotropic drugs from LSD to Prozac; and much, much more. Along the way, he touches on a diverse range of figures. From Ma Rainey to Elvis, from Béla Bartók to Batman; from Timothy Leary to Rush Limbaugh; from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to Understanding Media.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415978569
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1"This, here, soon"1
Ch. 2Who stole the bomp (from the bomp sha bomp)?17
Ch. 3Blame it on the sixties37
Ch. 4Boxers or briefs? : music politics in the post-Elvis age69
Ch. 5Play school : you can dress for it, but you can't escape it95
Ch. 6The Twinkie defense111
Ch. 7Bad day at Internet127
Ch. 8Asking Alice : fighting for the right to party145
Ch. 9Don't touch me there : whatever happened to foreplay?165
Ch. 10White punks on dope : why Camille Paglia is academe's answer to Betty Page181

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