What's Love Got to Do with It?: Emotions and Relationships in Pop Songs

What's Love Got to Do with It?: Emotions and Relationships in Pop Songs

by Thomas J. Scheff
     
 

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What do pop songs have to say about love? Surprisingly, this book shows that most popular love songs express much more about alienation, infatuation, estrangement, jealousy, and heartbreak than about love. Scheff takes the reader on a tour of popular lyrics from 80 years of American song to reveal the emotional and relational meaning of lyrics. He shows that

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What do pop songs have to say about love? Surprisingly, this book shows that most popular love songs express much more about alienation, infatuation, estrangement, jealousy, and heartbreak than about love. Scheff takes the reader on a tour of popular lyrics from 80 years of American song to reveal the emotional and relational meaning of lyrics. He shows that popular love songs typically steer listeners away from a healthy connection to the emotions surrounding love. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of love songs while appreciating the author's suggestions for how listeners and artists could enrich the art of the love song.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594518157
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Scheff Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has published many books and articles, including Goffman Unbound: Toward a New Microsociology (Paradigm 2006).

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