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Title Mark E. Smith and the Fall : art, music and politics / edited by Michael Goddard and Benjamin Halligan
Published Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 209 pages) : illustrations
Series Ashgate popular and folk music series
Ashgate popular and folk music series.
Contents "Messing up the paintwork" / Michael Goddard and Benjamin Halligan -- Part I: The Fall and "The North". Building up a band : music for a second city / Richard Witts. The Fall : a Manchester band? / Katie Hannon. Salford drift : a psychogeography of The Fall / Mark Goodall -- Part II: The techniques and tactics of The Fall. "Rebellious jukebox" : The Fall and the war against conformity / Andy Wood. "I curse your preoccupation with your record collection" : The Fall on vinyl 1978-83 / Richard Osborne -- "Dictaphonics" : acoustics and primitive recording in the music of The Fall / Robert Walker. "Let me tell you about scientific management'" : The Fall, the factory and the disciplined worker / Owen Hatherley -- Part III: The aesthetics of The Fall. "Memorex for the Krakens" : The Fall's pulp modernism / Mark Fisher. Language scraps : Mark E. Smith's handwriting and the typography of The Fall / Paul Wilson. "Humbled in Iceland" : on improvisation during The Fall / Robin Purves. The Fall, Mark E. Smith and "The Stranger" : ambiguity, objectivity and the transformative power of a band from elsewhere / Martin Myers -- Part IV: The Fall, the media and cultural politics. "The sound of The Fall, the truth of this movement of error" : a true companion, an ambivalent friendship, an ethic of truths / Angus McDonald. "I think it's over now" : The Fall, John Peel, popular music and radio / Paul Long. In search of cultural politics in a Fall fanzine / Chris Atton -- "As if we didn't know who he was" : Mark E. Smith's untimeliness / Janice Kearns and Dean Lockwood
Summary "This volume offers a comprehensive range of approaches to the work of Mark E. Smith and his band The Fall in relation to music, art and politics. Mark E. Smith remains one of the most divisive and idiosyncratic figures in popular music after a recording career with The Fall that spans thirty years. The key aspect of the group that this volume explores is the invariably creative, unfailingly critical and often antagonistic relations that characterize both the internal dynamics of the group and the group's position in the pop cultural surroundings. The Fall's ambiguous position in the unfolding histories of British popular music and therefore in the new heritage industries of popular culture in the UK, from post-punk to anti-Thatcher politics, to the 'Factory fiction of Manchester' and on into Mark E. Smith's current role as ageing 'enfant terrble' of rock, illustrates the uneasy relationship between the band, their critical commentaries and the historians of popular music. This volume engages directly with this critical ambiguity"--Publisher's description, p. [4] of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 16, 2018)
Subject Smith, Mark E., 1957-2018 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Fall (Musical group)
Rock music -- England -- History and criticism.
Form Electronic book
Author Goddard, Michael, 1965- editor
Halligan, Benjamin, editor
LC no. 2009046894
ISBN 0754668673 (electronic bk.)
1317100476 (electronic bk.)
1409403920 (electronic bk.)
9780754668671 (electronic bk.)
9781317100478 (electronic bk.)
9781409403920 (electronic bk.)