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Description - Bad Music by Christopher J. Washburne

Why are some popular musical forms and performers universally reviled by critics and ignored by scholars - despite enjoying large-scale popularity? How has the notion of what makes 'good' or 'bad' music changed over the years - and what does this tell us about the writers who have assigned these tags to different musical genres? Many composers that are today part of the classical 'canon' were greeted initially by bad reviews; similarly, jazz, country, and pop music were all once rejected as 'bad' by the academy that now has courses on them. This book addresses why this is so through a series of essays on different musical forms and performers. The authors look at different ways of judging musical performance beyond pompous academia and snobbish music criticism, and suggests new paths to follow in understanding what makes some music 'popular' even if it is judged to be 'bad'. For anyone who has ever secretly enjoyed ABBA, Kenny G, or disco, Bad Music will be a guilty pleasure!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415943659
ISBN-10: 0415943655
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 390
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christopher J. Washburne

Chris Washburne is an Assistant Professor in the Music Department at Columbia University. He is also a trombonist who has played with major bands led by Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, and leads his own Latin-jazz group. Maiken Derno holds a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Dept of Comparative Literature at the U of Copenhagen, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia U from 1997-98. She also serves as an editor for Brondum Art Publishers, Copenhagen. They reside in New York City.

Books By Christopher J. Washburne

Bad Music by Christopher J. Washburne
Paperback, September 2004