Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's Most Popular Music

Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia's Most Popular Music

by Andrew N. Weintraub

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A keen critic of culture in modern Indonesia, Andrew N. Weintraub shows how a genre of Indonesian music called dangdut evolved from a debased form of urban popular music to a prominent role in Indonesian cultural politics and the commercial music industry. Dangdut Stories is a social and musical history of dangdut within a range of broader narratives about class, gender, ethnicity, and nation in post-independence Indonesia (1945-present).

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ISBN-13: 9780199889594
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Andrew N. Weintraub is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ethnomusicology and popular music, and directs the University of Pittsburgh gamelan program. He is the author of Power Plays: Wayang Golek Puppet Theater of West Java (Ohio University Press, 2004) and the coeditor of Music and Cultural Rights (University of Illinois Press, 2009). Weintraub is the founder and lead singer of the Dangdut Cowboys, a Pittsburgh-based dangdut group whose Youtube videos have been viewed more than 100,000 times since December 2007.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction
2. Mythologizing Melayu: Discourse, Practice, and the Stakes of Authenticity
3. A Doll from India, Mr. Mahmud, and the Elvis of Indonesia
4. Music and Rakyat: Constructing "the people" in Dangdut
5. "Suffering" and "Surrender": Dangdut and the Spectacle of Excess
6. Dangdut Nation: "We bring the Happiness of Dangdut"
7. "Dance Drills, Faith Spills": Islam, Body Politics, and Popular Music
8. "Dangdut Daerah": Going Local in Post-Suharto Indonesia
9. Conclusion: Why Dangdut?


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