Pop Music and the Press

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August 2002



Sees pop music journalism as a form of cultural criticism.


Acknowledgments The Intro: Popular Music, Media, and the Written Word - Steve Jones Part I: Institutions and History 1. Re-Viewing Rock Writing: Narratives of Popular Music Criticism - Steve Jones and Kevin Featherly 2. Brit Crit: Turning Points in British Rock Criticism, 1960-1990 - Gestur Gudmundsson, Ulf Lindberg, Morten Michelsen, and Hans Weisethaunet 3. Word Power: A Brief, Highly Opinionated History of Hip-Hop Journalism - Jeff Chang 4. Critical Senility vs. Overcomprehension: Rock Criticism and the Lesson of the Avant-Garde - Robert B. Ray Part II: Discourses 5. Consumers' Guides: The Political Economy of the Music Press and the Democracy of Critical Discourse - Mark Fenster 6. Between Rock and a Hard Place: Gender and Rock Criticism - Kembrew McLeod 7. Exclusive! The British Press and Popular Music: The Story So Far... - Martin Cloonan 8. Abandoning the Absolute: Transcendence and Gender in Popular Music Discourse - Holly Kruse 9. The Politics and History of Hip-Hop Journalism - Kembrew McLeod Part III: Case Studies 10. Jewel Case: Pop Stars, Poets, and the Press - Thomas Swiss 11. Taking Country Music Seriously: Coverage of the 1990s Boom - Joli Jensen 12. Sweet Nothings: Presentation of Women Musicians in Pop Journalism - Brenda Johnson-Grau 13. "The Day the Music Died"--Again: Newspaper Coverage of the Deaths of Popular Musicians - Sharon R. Mazzarella and Timothy M. Matyjewicz Coda 14. Fragments of a Sociology of Rock Criticism - Simon Frith The Outro - Chris Nelson About the Contributors Index


STEVE JONES is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Among his books are CyberSociety: Computer-Mediated Communication and Community (ed.) and Rock Formation: Popular Music, Technology, and Mass Communication.


"As one of the gatekeepers, I stopped reading reviews and music criticism in the press nearly ten years ago. Cold Turkey. Steve Jones's book offers the history and perspective to show why I was both right and wrong to do so." --Paul Marszalek, Vice President/Music Programming, VH-1 "Pop Music and the Press will be a necessary addition to the collection of anyone interested in the study of popular music. These essays, written from a variety of academic disciplines and perspectives, explore and even sometimes capture the variability, the passion, and the frustration of writing and reading music journalism. This book really does add something to the mix that is popular music studies." --Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina "Warning, my people (that is to say, rock and rap critics): read these pages and find yourselves subject to all-too-partial observation, someone else's critical agenda, and a bit of misplaced envy. Seem familiar? You've been doing it to musicians for years. And now the tables are turned..." --Eric Weisbard, Experience Music Project "A compilation of essays from scholars and professional music critics, this is a highly academic look at the practice of music criticism, the craft's brief history, and the trends that shape the opinions of American and British music writers. While the history lesson and excerpts by highly regarded protocritics like Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau are enjoyable, the book truly shines when it examines ongoing industry issues such as giving equal opportunity to women musicians and how to cover properly the death of a musical legend. Editor Jones (communications, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) and his contributors aren't afraid to criticize the critics, but in doing so they sometimes sink to the methods they're denouncing. Missing are in-depth meditations on the importance of underground music fanzines and the sudden rise of Internet rock criticism. Overall, however, this book provides a thought-provoking and inspiring look at the practice of music criticism." --Library Journal "This fascinating new volume...fill[s] a significant gap in popular music scholarship...the book is an essential text for any scholar of popular music...a major contribution to the academic literature on popular music in part because it provides a foundation, heretofore absent, for future investigations of the world of music journalism and the cultural significance of the same." --The Journal of Communication
EAN: 9781566399661
ISBN: 1566399661
Untertitel: 'Sound Matters'. 1 table. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Temple University Press,U.S.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2002
Seitenanzahl: 280 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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