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Palgrave Macmillan

Sounds and the City

Popular Music, Place and Globalization

ISBN 9781137283108
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Leisure Studies in a Global Era

As both distinctive local terrain and global crossroads, cities remain fascinating spaces of cultural contestation and meaning-making via the composing, playing, recording and consumption of popular music. From Gillett's The Sound of the City (1970) to Krims' Music and Urban Geography (2007), attention to popular music has allowed various soundings of the often unfathomable aspects of urban life. This book takes as its focus the social relations produced amidst and through popular music and cities. Such a focus allows a test of theories of globalization, hybridity, consumerism, networks and transnational flows of people, cultures and musical products. Covering themes as diverse as Russian Punk and African Hip-Hop, this global collection offers a timely contribution to the advancement of popular music studies.

Brett Lashua is Senior Lecturer in the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and an Honorary Research Fellow with the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Karl Spracklen is Professor of Leisure Studies in the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He is Principal Editor of the journal Metal Music Studies, and Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies. His publications include The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure, Constructing Leisure: Historical and Philosophical Debates, and Whiteness and Leisure.

Stephen Wagg is Professor of Sport and Society in the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His latest books are: The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure (edited), The Palgrave Handbook of Olympic Studies (edited), Thatcher's Grandchildren? Politics and Childhood in the Twenty First Century (edited) and Leisure Studies: Principles and Practice (co-authored).

Introduction: Sounds and the City; Brett Lashua, Stephen Wagg, and Karl Spracklen
1. Heart of the Country? The Construction of Nashville as the Capital of Country Music; Diane Pecknold
2. Birmingham's Post-Industrial Metal; Deena Weinstein
3. Black and Brown Get Down: Cultural Politics, Chicano Music, and Hip-Hop in Racialized Los Angeles; Anthony Macías
4. Juidos 'n' Decaf Italians: Irony, Blasphemy, and Jewish Shtick; Steven Lee Beeber
5. 'Why I Decided to Pretend I was American, I Will Never Know': Rock 'n Roll and 'The Sixties' in an English Town; Stephen Wagg
6. Tamla-Motown in the UK: Transatlantic Reception of American Rhythm and Blues; Andrew Flory
7. 'How Many Divisions Does Ozzy Osbourne Have?' Some Thoughts on Politics, Heavy Metal Music and the 'Clash of Civilisations'; Stephen Wagg
8. Indieglobalization and the Triumph of Punk in Indonesia; Jeremy Wallach
9. Sounds of a 'Rotting City': Punk in Russia's Arctic Hinterland;Hilary Pilkington
10. True Norwegian Black Metal: The Globalized, Mythological Reconstruction of the Second Wave of BM in 1990s Oslo; Karl Spracklen
11. Continental Drift: The Politics and Poetics of African Hip-Hop; Paul Kahlil Saucier
12. 'One Day On Earth': Music, Documentary Filmmaking, and Global Soundscapes; Brett Lashua and Joseph Minadeo
13. Intersecting Rhythms: The Spatial Production of Local Canadian Heavy Metal and Urban Aboriginal Hip-Hop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Karen M. Fox and Gabrielle Riches
14. Reconstruction's Soundtrack; Eric Porter
15. We're Going to Graceland: Globalisation and the Reimagining of Memphis; Wanda Rushing
16. Characterising the Cold War: Music and Memories of Berlin, 1960-1989; John Schofield
17. Outback Elvis: Musical Creativity in Rural Australia; John Connell and Chris Gibson
18. In Search of 'Independent' Brisbane: Music, Memory and Cultural Heritage; Andy Bennett and Ian Rogers
Afterword: Reflections on Popular Music, Place and Globalization; Stephen Wagg, Karl Spracklen, and Brett Lashua

Steven Lee Beeber, Lesley University, USA

Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Australia

John Connell, University of Sydney, Australia

Andrew Flory, Carleton College, USA

Karen Fox, University of Alberta, Canada

Chris Gibson, University of Wollongong, Australia

Anthony Macías, University of California, USA

Joseph Minadeo, PatternBased Music, USA

Diane Pecknold, University of Louisville, USA

Hilary Pilkington, University of Manchester, UK

Eric Porter, University of California, USA

Gabrielle Riches, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Ian Rogers, Griffith University, Australia

Wanda Rushing, University of Memphis, USA

P. Kahlil Saucier, Rhode Island College, USA

John Schofield, University of Turku, Finland

Jeremy Wallach, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA

Deena Weinstein, DePaul University, USA


"Through research on Berlin, New York, Nashville, New Orleans, Los Angeles and beyond, this book shows how much there is to learn about the relationship between popular music and cities. It also includes fascinating discussion on places that have not been so commonly associated with popular music, including rural Australia and the Russian arctic, middle England and the Middle East. Sounds and the City will be an important addition to reading lists for those interested not only in music and cities but also in the geographical and global circulations of popular music and in cultural heritage and cultural memory, local identity and social change." - Sara Cohen, University of Liverpool, UK
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