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Author Frith, Simon.

Title Performing rites : evaluating popular music / Simon Frith
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1996
(1998 [printing])


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Description viii, 352 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.The Value Problem in Cultural Studies -- 2.The Sociological Response -- 3.Common Sense and the Language of Criticism -- 4.Genre Rules -- 5.Where Do Sounds Come From? -- 6.Rhythm: Race, Sex, and the Body -- 7.Rhythm: Time, Sex, and the Mind -- 8.Songs as Texts -- 9.The Voice -- 10.Performance -- 11.Technology and Authority -- 12.The Meaning of Music -- 13.Toward a Popular Aesthetic
Summary "Who's better? Billie Holiday or P.J. Harvey? Blur or Oasis? Dylan or Keats? And how many friendships have ridden on the answer? Such questions aren't merely the stuff of fanzines and idle talk; they inform our most passionate arguments, distil our most deeply held values, make meaning of our ever-changing culture. In Performing Rites, one of the most influential writers on popular music asks what we talk about when we talk about music. What's good, what's bad? What's high, what's low? Why do such distinctions matter? Instead of dismissing emotional response and personal taste as inaccessible to the academic critic, Simon Frith takes these forms of engagement as his subject and discloses their place at the very centre of the aesthetics that structure our culture and colour our lives
Analysis Music Aesthetics
Popular music Sociology
Notes First published 1996 under title: Performing rites : on the value of popular music
Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-344) and index
Notes English
Subject Music -- Social aspects.
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Popular music -- History and criticism.
LC no. 96020507
ISBN 0192880608
Other Titles Performing rites : evaluating popular music