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Down With Childhood : Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence - Paul Rekret

Down With Childhood

Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence

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Published: 1st January 2018
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Sometimes popular music registers our concerns and anxieties more lucidly than we realise. This is evident in the case of an ideal of childhood innocence in rapid decay in recent decades.

So claims Down with Childhood, as it takes in psychedelia’s preoccupation with rebirth and inner-children, the fascination with juvenilia amidst an ebbing UK rave scene and dozens of nursery rhyme hip-hop choruses spawned by a hit Jay-Z tune.

As it examines the often complex sets of meanings to which the occasional presence of children in pop songs attests, the book pauses at Musical Youth’s ‘Pass the Dutchie’ and other one-hit teen wonders, the career paths of child stars including Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, radical experiments in free jazz, and Black Panther influenced children’s soul groups.

In the process, a novel argument begins to emerge relating the often remarked crisis of childhood to changing experiences of work and play and ultimately, to an ongoing capitalist crisis that underlies them.

About the Author

Paul Rekret is Associate Professor in Politics at Richmond American International University. He has published widely on contemporary cultural and political theory and has written on pop music for The Quietus and Cesura//Acceso, among others. He is producer and host of ‘Beholder Halfway’, a series of radio essays airing regularly on Resonance.Extra.

ISBN: 9781910924495
ISBN-10: 1910924490
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 2018
Publisher: Watkins Media
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.14