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Music, Power, and Politics - Annie J. Randall

Music, Power, and Politics

By: Annie J. Randall (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th December 2004
ISBN: 9780415943642
Number Of Pages: 286

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"Music, Power, and Politics" presents thirteen different cultural perspectives on a single theme: the concept of music as a site of socio-political struggle. Essays by scholars from seven countries (England, People's Republic of China, Germany, South Africa, USA, the former Yugoslavia, and Iran) explore the means by which music's long-acknowledged potential to persuade, seduce, indoctrinate, rouse, incite, or even silence listeners has been used to advance agendas of power and protest. The cultural and historical scope of the collection is intentionally broad and includes essays that examine: music used to convey political ideology in Nazi Germany, apartheid-era South Africa, Mao's China, and modern day North Korea; propagandistic popular song in civil war-era USA; hegemonic processes in the folklorization of indigenous dance in Mexico; postcolonial musical efforts to reclaim ethnic heritage in Serbia, Bolivia, and Barbados; punk music as a means of establishing new cultural identities for women in the UK; the subversion of racial stereotypes through Trinidadian music in the USA; music as a tool of popular resistance in modern day Iran; governmental control of music recording and broadcast in pre-unification East Germany; and strategies of surveillance and power relations within audio technologies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Scholars and students of music, politics, and cultural history will enjoy this groundbreaking collection.

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"This volume is a full frontal attack on the commonplace view of music as little more than innocent diversion or entertainment. Touching on folk revivals, totalitarian spectacles, censorship, and resistance, the essays in Music, Power, and Politics richly consider the play of power in music and lead us to a heightened awareness of music's transformative power."
-Gage Averill Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
"Music, Power, and Politics compellingly demonstrates the multifaceted ways in which music has been used to enact specific political and social agendas. These essays insist that we interrogate the relationship between power and music across the globe. A bold and remarkable collection."
-Ellie M. Hisama, Director, Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Acknowledgmentp. vii
Introductionp. 1
A Censorship of Forgetting: Origins and Origin Myths of "battle Hymn of the Republic"p. 5
Discipline and Choralism: the Birth of Musical Colonialismp. 25
Power Needs Names: Hegemony, Folklorization, and the Viejitos Dance of Michoacán, Mexicop. 47
The Power to Influence Minds: German Folk Music During the Nazi Era and Afterp. 65
The Making of a National Musical Icon: Xian Xinghai and His Yellow River Cantatap. 87
Dancing for the Eternal Presidentp. 113
The Power of Recently Revitalized Serbian Rural Folk Music in Urban Settingsp. 133
Hands off My Instrument!p. 143
Barbadian Tuk Music - a Fusion of Musical Culturesp. 157
There Goes the Transnational Neighborhood: Calypso Buys a Bungalowp. 173
Fighting for the Right (To) Party? Discursive Negotiations of Power in Preunification East German Popular Musicp. 195
Who's Listening?p. 211
Subversion and Countersubversion: Power, Control, and Meaning in the New Iranian Pop Musicp. 231
Contributorsp. 273
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780415943642
ISBN-10: 0415943647
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 9th December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.34  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1

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