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This book provides the first music-based account of Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork's work to date. She is internationally recognized for her unique and innovative musical style, as well as her collaborative working relationship with artists, musicians, and sound engineers. Her work blurs boundaries between club and dance culture and "high art." Bjork has won many awards, including Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film Dancer in the Dark, for which she also wrote the music. Nicola Dibben presents an analysis of audio and video tracks, live performances, and recorded sound, viewed through the critical reception, fanzines, and interviews that surround Bjork's music. This analysis reveals recurrent cultural themes: landscape and identity, the relationship between humans and technology, song as a vehicle for emotional expression, and female autonomy. Additional chapters on Bjork's compositional process with newly gathered interview material and on the critical-musicological approach adopted in the book round out this original study."show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 249.47g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 15 b&w illus.
  • 0253220653
  • 9780253220653
  • 1,327,487

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"Her music has undergone seemingly radical changes in style, from a background playing in Icelandic punk bands, a period working with jazz cover bands, the prankster-ish pop of the Sugarcubes, the unique blend of electronic dance and indie in her early solo career, to a style which has become increasingly experimental." from the Introduction"show more

About Contact Via Val Hall W/ Equinox Nicola Dibben

Nicola Dibben is Senior Lecturer and Head of Graduate Studies in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield. She is co-author of Music, Mind and Everyday Life. She lives in Sheffield, United more

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