Text and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture

New book
Text and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture
Simon Warner
Bloomsbury Publishing

9780826416643

Text and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture considers the relationship between Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs and others and those waves of singers, songwriters and bands – from Dylan to the Beatles, Tom Waits to Patti Smith, the Clash to Kurt Cobain, and many more – who have taken inspiration from that earlier literary community.

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Brazilian Journal of Song Studies #3

New journal issue
Brazilian Journal of Song Studies #3
http://rbec.ect.ufrn.br/

An online scientific journal dedicated to popular music studies, issue 3 of the Brazilian Journal of Song Studies is now available. Although most of the articles are in Portuguese, there are two in English in the current issue – one about Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Blue Sky” and another about Iron Maiden’s songs with historical themes.

Marabi Nights – Jazz, ‘Race’ and Society

New book
Marabi Nights – Jazz, ‘Race’ and Society in Early Apartheid South Africa
Christopher Ballantine

Marabi Nights

Marabi Nights – Jazz, ‘Race’ and Society in Early Apartheid South Africa is an updated and substantially expanded second edition of Christopher Ballantine’s classic study of the triumphs and tragedies of South Africa’s marabi-jazz tradition. New chapters extend the book’s in-depth account of the birth and development of urban-black popular music. Continue reading

Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity

New book
Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity
Edited by Andy Bennett and Paul Hodkinson

9781847888358

What happens to punks, clubbers, goths, riot grrls, soulies, break-dancers and queer scene participants as they become older?

For decades, research on spectacular ‘youth cultures’ has understood such groups as adolescent phenomena and assumed that involvement ceases with the onset of adulthood. In an age of increasingly complex life trajectories, Ageing and Youth Cultures is the first anthology to challenge such thinking by examining the lives of those who continue to participate into adulthood and middle-age. Showcasing a range of original research case studies from across the globe, the chapters explore how participants reconcile their continuing involvement with ageing bodies, older identities and adult responsibilities. Breaking new ground and establishing a new field of study, the book will be essential reading for students and scholars researching or studying questions of youth, fashion, popular music and identity across a wide range of disciplines.

Erotic Screen & Sound

New journal issue
‘Erotic Screen & Sound’
A special edition of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 26(4)
Edited by Jodie Taylor and David Baker

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Sexual desire and the intent to arouse—the erotic—is ubiquitous. Erotic impulses preoccupy our psyches, shape our identities, inscribe our bodies and mediate our relationships with others and objects. Proliferating into the banal everydayness of contemporary life, we find inscriptions of the erotic in the back corner of our local news agency, online, on stage, screens, airwaves, billboards, supermarket shelves, and on gallery walls. A public, private and often highly politicised concern, few subjects are as simultaneously commonplace and controversial as the erotic. Whatever its form—sacred, profane, ordinary, perverse, vanilla or kinky—the erotic has persisted in its ability to delight, entertain, panic and outrage us throughout history and across cultures. Continue reading