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Guitar Cultures by Andy Bennett
Book DescriptionThe guitar is one of the most evocative instruments in the world. It features in music as diverse as heavy metal, blues, indie and flamenco, as well as Indian classical music, village music making in Papua New Guinea and carnival in Brazil. This cross-cultural popularity makes it a unique starting point for understanding social interaction and cultural identity. Guitar music can be sexy, soothing, melancholy or manic, but it nearly always brings people together and creates a common ground even if this common ground is often the site of intense social, cultural, economic and political negotiation and contest.This book explores how people use guitars and guitar music in various nations across the world as a musical and symbolic basis for creating identities. In a world where place and space are challenged by the pace of globalization, the guitar provides images, sounds and styles that help define new cultural territories. Guitars play a crucial part in shaping the commercial music industry, educational music programmes, and local community atmosphere. Live or recorded, guitar music and performance, collecting and manufacture sustains a network of varied social exchanges that constitute a distinct cultural milieu.Representing the first sustained analysis of what the guitar means to artists and audiences world-wide, this book demonstrates that this seemingly simple material artefact resonates with meaning as well as music.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859734346
(234mm x 158mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Andy Bennett
Youth Cultures, Hardback (December 2016)
Offering a truly global perspective, this Major Work collection brings together core topics of research and debate, including; cultural theory, representation, identity, popular music and material culture.
Youth Cultures, Transitions, and Generations, Hardback (July 2015)
Within contemporary youth research there are two dominant streams - a 'transitions' and a 'cultures' perspective. This collection shows that it is no longer possible to understand the experience of young people through these prisms and proposes new conceptual foundations for youth studies, capable of bridging the gap between these approaches.
Sage Handbook of Popular Music, Hardback (January 2015)
This Handbook represents a timely and important contribution to popular music studies during a significant period of theoretical and empirical growth and innovation in the field.
Mediated Youth Cultures, Hardback (June 2014)» View all books by Andy Bennett
This book brings together thirteen timely essays from across the globe that consider a range of 'mediated youth cultures', covering topics such as the phenomenon of dance imitations on YouTube, the circulation of zines online, the resurgence of roller derby on the social web, drinking cultures, Israeli blogs, Korean pop music, and more.
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Author Biography - Andy Bennett
Andy Bennett Lecturer in Sociology,University of Surrey Kevin Dawe Lecturer, School of Music, University of Leeds
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