Music for Pleasure

Music for Pleasure : Essays on the Sociology of Pop

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In this book Simon Frith offers a wide-ranging analysis of pop music and the entertainment industry of which it is part. From the BBC in the 1930s to post-punk poseurs in the 1980s, from Gracie Fields and the Shangri-Las to Bruce Springsteen and the Pet Shop Boys, Simon Frith examines the contours and the politics of the modern pop music culture. Combining theoretical argument with detailed discussion of particular pop artists and groups, linking historical research with concert and record reviews, "Music for Pleasure" brings out the complex relations between music, romance, sexuality and class. Frith examines the development of the music industry in Britain and the United States and, against this background, addresses some of the perennial pop questions: why do songs have words? why do films have songs? what makes pop stars successful? what gives them sex appeal? This book is intended to appeal to a wide audience, from pop and rock fans to students in sociology and media and cultural studies.
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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 160 x 250mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745604927
  • 9780745604923

Table of contents

Introduction: Everything Counts ; Money Changes Everything/That's Entertainment! ; a) The Industrialisation of Music b) The Pleasures of the Hearth - the Making of BBC Light Entertainment c) Playing With Real Feeling - Jazz and Suburbia ; Working Class Heroes (and a Heroine) ; a) Northern Soul - Gracie Fields (1982) b) Something To Be - John Lennon (1981) c) Coventry Sound - The Specials (1980) d) Unreconstructed Rock'n'Roller - Ray Lowry (1980) e) Walls Come Tumbling Down - Paul Weller (1985) f) Send for your Free Trial Issue of Money Power Today - Green (1985) g) The Critics' Choice - Husker Du (1986) h) The Real Thing - Bruce Springsteen (1987) ; Words and Pictures ; a) Why Do Songs Have Words? b) Hearing Secret Harmonies ; Screen Idols ; a) Sound and Vision - Ennio Morricone (1981) b) Pretty Vacant - John Barry (1986) ; Playing with a Different Sex ; a) From Bobbysox to Dungarees (1979) b) The Voices of Women (1981) c) Hooked on Love (1981) d) Breaking the Mould (1984) e) Confessions of a Rock Critic (1985) f) Oh Boy! (1985) ; Watching the Wheels Go By: Pop in the 80s ; a) A Different Drum (1979) b) The Art of Posing (1981) c) Get Funky, Make Money (1981) d) A-blinga A-blanga A-Hippity Hop, I'm Going Down to the Record Shop (1982) e) Singing in a Strange Land (1982) f) And Now, the Message (1983) g) All Wrapped Up (1984) h) Whistling in the Dark (1984) i) Pop Go The Graduates (1985) j) Artistic Ambitions (1985) k) The Revenge of the Nerds (1986) l) On and On and On (1987) ; Conclusion: Pop into the 90s - Making Sense of Video
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