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This Is Pop

In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project

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$36.00 • £28.95 • €32.50

ISBN 9780674013445

Publication Date: 05/31/2004

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400 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

1 table


  • Introduction: Who’ll Write the Book of Love? Pop Music and Pop Prose [Eric Weisbard]
  • I. Narratives
    • 1. “And I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Any More”: European Thoughts on American Music [Simon Frith]
    • 2. US and Them: Are American Pop (and Semi-Pop) Still Exceptional? And by the Way, Does That Make Them Better? [Robert Christgau]
    • 3. How Come Jazz Isn’t Dead? [Gary Giddins]
    • 4. Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Prehistory of “Women in Rock” [Gayle Wald]
    • 5. The Birth of the Blues [Luc Sante]
    • 6. Richard Speaks! Chasing a Tune from the Chitlin Circuit to the Mormon Tabernacle [RJ Smith]
    • 7. Interrupted Symphony: A Recollection of Movie Music from Max Steiner to Marvin Gaye [Geoffrey O’Brien]
    • 8. Burnt Sugar: Post-Soul Satire and Rock Memory [Daphne A. Brooks]
  • II. Authorship
    • 9. Bits of Me Scattered Everywhere: Ray Davies and the Kinks [Robert Polito]
    • 10. Authenticity, Gender, and Personal Voice: She Sounds So Sad, Do You Think She Really Is? [Sarah Dougher]
    • 11. All the Memories Money Can Buy: Marketing Authenticity and Manufacturing Authorship [David Sanjek]
    • 12. Authorship Meets Downpression: Translating the Wailers into Rock [Jason Toynbee]
    • 13. Creativity and Band Dynamics [Deena Weinstein]
    • 14. “O Secret Stars Stay Secret”: Rock and Roll in Contemporary Poetry [Stephen Burt]
    • 15. Compressing Pop: How Your Favorite Song Got Squished [Douglas Wolk]
    • 16. Rapping about Rapping: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Tradition [Kelefa Sanneh]
  • III. Values
    • 17. Bread and Butter Songs: Unoriginality in Pop [Ann Powers]
    • 18. Good Pop, Bad Pop: Massiveness, Materiality, and the Top 40 [Joshua Clover]
    • 19. The Carly Simon Principle: Sincerity and Pop Greatness [Chuck Klosterman]
    • 20. Groove as Niche: Earth, Wind & Fire [Robert Walser]
    • 21. Unpacking Our Hard Drives: Discophilia in the Age of Digital Reproduction [Julian Dibbell]
    • 22. Lost in Music: Obsessive Record Collecting [Simon Reynolds]
    • 23. Topless at the Arco Arena: Looking for the Line between Abandon and Irresponsibility During the Dot-com Explosion [Tim Quirk]
    • 24. More Rock, Less Talk: Live Music Turns Off the Voices in Our Heads [Carrie Brownstein]
    • 25. The Persistence of Hair [John Darnielle]
  • Notes
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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