Masculinities and Popular Music
Edited by Freya Jarman-Ivens
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Oh Boy! by Freya Jarman-Ivens
Book DescriptionFrom Muddy Waters to Mick Jagger, Elvis to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley to Justin Timberlake, masculinity in popular music has been an issue explored by performers, critics, and audiences. From the dominance of the blues singer over his "woman" to the sensitive singer/songwriter, popular music artists have adopted various gendered personae in a search for new forms of expression. Sometimes these roles shift as the singer ages, attitudes change, or new challenges on the pop scene arise; other times, the persona hardens into a shell-like mask that the performer struggles to escape. Oh Boy! Masculinities and Popular Music is the first serious study of how forms of masculinity are negotiated, constructed, represented and addressed across a range of popular music texts and practices. Written by a group of internationally recognized popular music scholars-including Sheila Whiteley, Richard Middleton, and Judith Halberstam-these essays study the concept of masculinity in performance and appearance, and how both male and female artists have engaged with notions of masculinity in popular music.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415978200
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Freya Jarman-Ivens
Queer Voices, Hardback (May 2011)
This book argues that there are some important implications of the role the voice plays in popular music when thinking about processes of identification. The central thesis is that the voice in popular music is potentially uncanny (Freud's unheimlich), and that this may invite or guard against identification by the listener.
Oh Boy!, Paperback (June 2007)
From Muddy Waters to Mick Jagger, Elvis to Freddie Mercury, and from Jeff Buckley to Justin Timberlake, masculinity in popular music has been an issue explored by performers, critics, and audiences. This is a study of how forms of masculinity are negotiated, constructed, represented and addressed in popular music texts and practices.
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Offers new perspectives on Madonna's work to date. An international array of scholars portrays her popularisation of the notion that identity is not fixed & can be continuously rearranged & revamped. Explores the themes of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and celebrity comsumption through the lens of Madonna's songs, videos & shows.
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Author Biography - Freya Jarman-Ivens
Freya Jarman-Ivens is a lecturer in music at the University of Liverpool. She received her PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2006, and her thesis explored ways in whcih identity is fragmented in late twentieth-century popular music, especially through the use of the voice. Her research interests include queer theory and performativity, psychoanalytic theory, and discourses of technology and musical production. Dr. Jarman-Ivens works on a wide range of musical material, including easy listening, alternative rock, and late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century opera. Her teaching ranges from popular music analysis to the musical construction of character in the Austro-German operatic canon.
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