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Soundtrack Available : Essays on Film and Popular Music - Arthur Knight

Soundtrack Available

Essays on Film and Popular Music

By: Arthur Knight (Editor), Pamela Robertson Wojcik (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9780822327974
Number Of Pages: 504

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From the silent era to the present day, popular music has been a key component of the film experience. Yet there has been little serious writing on film soundtracks that feature popular music. "Soundtrack Available "fills this gap, as its contributors provide detailed analyses of individual films as well as historical overviews of genres, styles of music, and approaches to film scoring.
With a cross-cultural emphasis, the contributors focus on movies that use popular songs from a variety of genres, including country, bubble-gum pop, disco, classical, jazz, swing, French cabaret, and showtunes. The films discussed range from silents to musicals, from dramatic and avant-garde films to documentaries in India, France, England, Australia, and the United States. The essays examine both "nondiegetic" music in film--the score playing outside the story space, unheard by the characters, but no less a part of the scene from the perspective of the audience--and "diegetic" music--music incorporated into the shared reality of the story and the audience. They include analyses of music written and performed for films, as well as the now common practice of scoring a film with pre-existing songs. By exploring in detail how musical patterns and structures relate to filmic patterns of narration, character, editing, framing, and "mise-en-scene," this volume demonstrates that pop music is a crucial element in the film experience. It also analyzes the life of the soundtrack apart from the film, tracing how popular music circulates and acquires new meanings when it becomes an official soundtrack.
Contributors. "Rick Altman, Priscilla Barlow, Barbara Ching, Kelley Conway, Corey Creekmur, Krin Gabbard, Jonathan Gill, Andrew Killick, Arthur Knight, Adam Knee, Jill Leeper, Neepa Majumdar, Allison McCracken, Murray Pomerance, Paul Ramaeker, Jeff Smith, Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Nabeel Zuberi

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"Soundtrack Available engages with most of the important questions of film music scholarship in novel, interesting ways that advance the state of the field notably." - Will Straw, McGill University

List of Illustrations
Popular vs. "Serious"
Cinema and Popular Song: The Lost Tradition
Surreal Symphonies: "L'Age d'or and the Discreet Charms of Classical Music
"The Future's Not Ours to See": Song, Singer, and Labryinth in Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much
"You Think They Call Us Plastic Now . . . ": The Monkees and Head
Singing Stars
Real Men Don't Sing Ballads: The Radio Crooner in Hollywood, 1929-1933
Flower of the Asphalt: The Chanteuse Realiste in 1930s French Cinema
The Embodied Voice: Song Sequences and Stardom in Popular Hindi Cinema
Music as Ethnic Marker
Music as Ethnic Marker in Film: The "Jewish"
Sounding the American Heart: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Contemporary American Film
Crossing Musical Borders: The Soundtrack for Touch of Evil
Documented/Documentary Asians: Gurinder Chadha's I'm British But . . . and the Musical Mediation of Sonic and Visual Identities
African American Identities
Class Swings: Music, Race, and Social Mobility in Broken Strings
Borrowing Black Masculinity: The Role of Johnny Hartman in The Bridges of Madison County
Case Study: Porgy and Bess
It Ain't Necessarily So That It Ain't Necessarily So: African American Recordings of Porgy and Bess as Film and Cultural Criticism
"Hollywood Has Taken On a New Color": The Yiddish Blackface of Samuel Goldwyn's Porgy and Bess
Contemporary Compilations
Picturizing American Cinema: Hindi Film Songs and the Last Days of Genre
Popular Songs and Comic Allusion in Contemporary Cinema
Gender and Technology
The Girl and the Phonograph or the Vamp and the Machine Revisited
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ISBN: 9780822327974
ISBN-10: 082232797X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.76

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