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Don't Stop Thinking About the Music : The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns - Benjamin S. Schoening

Don't Stop Thinking About the Music

The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns

Hardcover

Published: 16th December 2011
For Ages: 22+ years old
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Music has prehistoric roots and has throughout history been shown to have a significant effect on humankind. Under this premise, our book explains how music has been used in American presidential campaigns during the country "s history. We describe the ways that song use has evolved over the last two centuries, including how initial campaign songs took existing music and added new lyrics, how music became more and more intertwined with the campaigns and their messages in the nineteenth century, how campaign songs are now largely taken from existing popular music tunes, and how the Internet is quickly changing music "s relationship to presidential campaigns. Ours is ultimately a book about the use of music and American political development, as it describes how political transformations such as America "s changing party structure and technological advancements like radio have affected music "s use in presidential campaigns.

In exploring the history of presidential campaign songs, Schoening and Kasper (both, Univ. of Wisconsin, Barron County) researched a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Following the brief introduction are eight chapters divided into three parts dealing with the "traditional era," the "mass media era," and the "popular music era." The authors begin with the earliest campaigns (1789), in which music was sparse. The 1840 campaign was the first to feature music, and campaign songs proliferated through the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th. Campaigns increasingly used commercially produced pop songs after midcentury. In discussing all this, the authors provide information on the candidates, details on changes in technology (from songbooks to the Internet), and the words to many of the songs. Though third-party presidential efforts, such as the Henry Wallace Progressive Party campaign (1948), are unfortunately overlooked, there is an interesting discussion of the role of the Internet in the 21st century. There is a very helpful, although selective, bibliography, which includes such important sources as Songs America Voted By, comp. and ed. by Irwin Silber (1971). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. CHOICE In this book, Benjamin Schoening and Eric Kasper capture the power of music in politics in ways that are informative, engaging, illuminating, and (in some cases) inspiring. Combining their interests and expertise, the authors explore identity forming national anthems from around the world, as well as the politics of censorship and dissent. The result is nothing less than a delightful success. Schoening and Kasper have produced a book that will be enjoyed by scholars, students, and anyone interested in the soundtrack of our political world. -- Joseph J. Foy, University of Wisconsin Colleges Benjamin Schoening and Eric Kasper have written an important book on the use of music in American presidential politics. Covering a lot of history and a lot of music, the book is must reading for those interested in the rapidly expanding field of political musicology, especially relating to elections and voting. -- Courtney Brown, author of Politics in Music: Music and Political Transformation from Beethoven to Hip-Hop Because music can have a large impact on emotion, and emotion has a significant influence on political decisions, this book is a necessary read for anyone who wants to more fully understand political messaging and campaign politics. -- Timothy M. Dale Schoening and Kasper offer an intriguing and thought provoking expose on the use (and misuse) of music to further political ends. -- Craig W. Hurst, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin Waukesha Schoening and Kasper recount a fascinating history of presidential songs, from their tentative origins in the campaigns of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, through the major breakthrough in campaign marketing achieved by William Henry Harrison in 1840, to the rancorous campaigns of the late 19th century and the exuberant songsmithing of the vaudeville era. Pasatiempo

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: Why Music Mattersp. 1
The Traditional Era of Campaign Music
The Early Use of "Campaign" Music (1789-1840)p. 29
Campaign Music Post-Tippecanoe (1844-1916)p. 59
The Mass Media Era
Women's Suffrage & "Wireless" Technology (1920-1948)p. 91
Good Night, and Good Luck (1952-1968)p. 121
Campaign Music Transitions to the Pop Era (1972-1984)p. 141
The Popular Music Era and Beyond
The "Canned" Campaign Song (1988-2004)p. 165
Facebook, YouTube, & MySpace, Oh My! (2008 and Beyond)p. 203
Campaign Music of the Past, Present, and Futurep. 245
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 279
About the Authorsp. 289
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ISBN: 9780739165461
ISBN-10: 0739165461
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 16th December 2011
Publisher: Lexington Books
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.1  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.63