Gang of Four's Entertainment!

Gang of Four's Entertainment!

by Kevin J.H. Dettmar
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Gang of Four's Entertainment! by Kevin J.H. Dettmar

Following hard on the explosion of British punk, in 1979 Gang of Four produced post-punk's smartest record, Entertainment! For the first time, a band wedded punk's angry energy to funk's propulsive beats-and used that music to put across lyrics that brought a heady mixture of Marxist theory and situationism to exposing the cultural politics of everyday life.

But for an American college student from the suburbs-and, one expects, for many, many others, including British youth-Jon King's and Andy Gill's mumbled lyrics were often all but unintelligible. Political rock 'n' roll is always something of an oxymoron: rock audiences by and large don't tune in to be lectured to. But what can it mean that a band that made pop songs as political theory actively resisted making that theory legible?

Coming to terms with the impact of Entertainment! requires us to take the mondegreen-the misunderstood lyric-seriously. The old joke has it that the title of R.E.M.'s debut album should have been not Murmur, but Mumble: true, so far as it goes. But that's the title, too, of rock 'n' roll's Greatest Hits compilation-and that strategic inarticulateness itself, which creates such an important role for the listener, has an important politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623562861
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Series: 33 1/3 Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 294 KB

About the Author

Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor of English at Pomona College. He is the author of Is Rock Dead?, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, and co-editor of Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics.
Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor of English at Pomona College. He is the author of Is Rock Dead?, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, and co-editor of Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics.

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Gang of Four's Entertainment! 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Il post mine later
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All you had to do was stay (on her new album 1989)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to new york (1989 cd)
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Thats how you get the girl (on her new ablum 1989)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trouble!
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