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Experiencing Music Video : Aesthetics and Cultural Context - Carol Vernallis

Experiencing Music Video

Aesthetics and Cultural Context

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780231117982
Number Of Pages: 480
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Music videos have ranged from simple tableaux of a band playing its instruments to multimillion dollar, high-concept extravaganzas. Born of a sudden expansion in new broadcast channels, music videos continue to exert an enormous influence on popular music. They help to create an artist's identity, to affect a song's mood, to determine chart success: the music video has changed our idea of the popular song.

Here at last is a study that treats music video as a distinct multimedia artistic genre, different from film, television, and indeed from the songs they illuminate -- and sell. Carol Vernallis describes how verbal, musical, and visual codes combine in music video to create defining representations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and performance. The book explores the complex interactions of narrative, settings, props, costumes, lyrics, and much more. Three chapters contain close analyses of important videos: Madonna's "Cherish," Prince's "Gett Off," and Peter Gabriel's "Mercy St."

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Vernallis has done what no one else has to date . . . she has seen beyond the surface of the music video and has found the true and unique language of the art form.
"This book is the first to take music video seriously as a multimedia genre in its own right. Carol Vernallis not only has an intimate knowledge of the repertory, but also brings together perspectives that have in the past been pursued in isolation: the musical and the cinematic, the technical and the cultural. With its combination of theoretical topics and case studies, this book is the definitive one-stop solution for anybody who wants not just to experience, but to really understand, music videos." -- Nicholas Cook, Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, "Editor, Journal of the Royal Musical Association"

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Telling and Not Tellingp. 3
Editingp. 27
Actorsp. 54
Settingsp. 73
Props and Costumesp. 99
Interlude: Space, Color, Texture, and Timep. 109
Lyricsp. 137
Musical Parametersp. 156
Connections Among Music, Image, and Lyricsp. 175
Analytical Methodsp. 199
The Aesthetics of Music Video: An Analysis of Madonna's "Cherish"p. 209
Desire, Opulence, and Musical Authority: The Relation of Music and Image in Prince's "Gett Off"p. 236
Peter Gabriel's Elegy for Anne Sexton: Image and Music in "Mercy St."p. 250
Afterwordp. 285
Notesp. 291
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780231117982
ISBN-10: 0231117981
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.79