Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music

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University of Chicago Press, 15 мая 1996 г. - Всего страниц: 453
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From Queen Latifa to Count Basie, Madonna to Monk, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music traces popular music back to its roots in jazz, blues, country, and gospel through the rise in rock 'n' roll and the emergence of heavy metal, punk, and rap. Yet despite the vigor and balance of these musical origins, Martha Bayles argues, something has gone seriously wrong, both with the sound of popular music and the sensibility it expresses.

Bayles defends the tough, affirmative spirit of Afro-American music against the strain of artistic modernism she calls 'perverse.' She describes how perverse modernism was grafted onto popular music in the late 1960s, and argues that the result has been a cult of brutality and obscenity that is profoundly anti-musical.

Unlike other recent critics of popular music, Bayles does not blame the problem on commerce. She argues that culture shapes the market and not the other way around. Finding censorship of popular music "both a practical and a constitutional impossibility," Bayles insists that "an informed shift in public tastes may be our only hope of reversing the current malignant mood."
 

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Hole in our soul: the loss of beauty and meaning in American popular music

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Impressively researched and organized, this work explores historical, cultural, and sociological factors that figure in the evolution of American popular music. Bayles, an educator and arts critic ... Читать весь отзыв

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First of all, Martha Bayles is not the editor of this book...she is the author. A Harvard graduate with a pretty impressive resume. I found this book in a used book store...cheap!!!Glad I did. As a ... Читать весь отзыв

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Introduction
3
Why Music Is the Wild Card
15
The Three Strains of Modernism
31
The Obstacle of Race
57
The Taint of Commerce
73
Jazz as Modernism
85
Part
105
From Rock V Roll to Rock 1 The Strange Career of 1950s Rock V Roll
107
Art and Religion 1960s Style
219
Hard Rock Becomes a Hard Place
243
Soul Loses Its Soul
263
Part Four The Triumph of Perversity
285
Their Art Belongs to Dada
287
The Great AvantGarde Swindle
305
High on High Tech
323
Trying to Make it Real Compared to What?
341

RocknRollers or Holy Rollers?
127
Reaction and Revitalization
143
Another Country Heard From
161
Blues Blacks and Brits
177
Part Three Inspiration and Polarization
201
The Rise of the Counterculture
203
You Dont Miss Your Water Till Your Well Runs Dry
363
Escape from Postmodernism
385
Notes
393
Index
429
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