Queering the Popular Pitch

Routledge
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Queering the Popular Pitch is a new collection of 19 essays that situate queering within the discourse of sex and sexuality in relation to popular music. This investigation addresses the changing debates within gay, lesbian and queer discourse in relation to the dissemination of musical texts -performance, cultural production and sexual meaning - situating music within the broader patterns of culture that it both mirrors and actively reproduces.

The collection is divided into four parts:
queering borders

queer spaces

hidden histories

queer thoughts, mixed media.

Queering the Popular Pitch will appeal to students of popular music, Gay and Lesbian studies. With case studies and essays by leading popular music scholars it provides insightful discourse in a growing field of musicological research.

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About the author

Sheila Whiteley is Chair of Popular Music at the University of Salford. She is the author of Sexing the Groove: Popular Music and Gender ,Women and Popular Music : Sexuality, Identity and Subjectivity and Too Much Too Young: Popular Music, Age and Identity all published by Routledge.
Jennifer Rycenga is Coordinator of Women's Studies at San Jose State University in California. She coedited Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance with Marguerite Waller (Garland 2001). She has written for repurcussions, The Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World..
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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Jan 11, 2013
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Pages
328
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ISBN
9781136093784
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Language
English
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Genres
Music / General
Music / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
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This book investigates the phenomenon of queering in popular music and video, interpreting the music of numerous pop artists, styles, and idioms. The focus falls on artists, such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Boy George, Diana Ross, Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie, Azealia Banks, Zebra Katz, Freddie Mercury, the Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, and many others. Hawkins builds his concept of queerness upon existing theories of opacity and temporality, which involves a creative interdisciplinary approach to musical interpretation. He advocates a model of analysis that involves both temporal-specific listening and biographic-oriented viewing. Music analysis is woven into this, illuminating aspects of parody, nostalgia, camp, naivety, masquerade, irony, and mimesis in pop music. One of the principal aims is to uncover the subversive strategies of pop artists through a wide range of audiovisual texts that situate the debates on gender and sexuality within an aesthetic context that is highly stylized and ritualized. Queerness in Pop Music also addresses the playfulness of much pop music, offering insights into how discourses of resistance are mediated through pleasure. Given that pop artists, songwriters, producers, directors, choreographers, and engineers all contribute to the final composite of the pop recording, it is argued that the staging of any pop act is a collective project. The implications of this are addressed through structures of gender, ethnicity, nationality, class, and sexuality. Ultimately, Hawkins contends that queerness is a performative force that connotes futurity and utopian promise.
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