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The place of music
Leyshon, Andrew.
Publication Information:
New York : Guilford Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
x, 326 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.

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ML3795 .P58 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Music is omnipresent in human society, but its language can no longer be regarded as transcendent or universal. Like other art forms, music is produced and consumed within complex economic, cultural, and political frameworks in different places and at different historical moments. Taking an explicitly spatial approach, this unique interdisciplinary text explores the role played by music in the formation and articulation of geographical imaginations--local, regional, national, and global. Contributors show how music's facility to be recorded, stored, and broadcast; to be performed and received in private and public; and to rouse intense emotional responses for individuals and groups make it a key force in the definition of a place. Covering rich and varied terrain--from Victorian England, to 1960s Los Angeles, to the offices of Sony and Time-Warner and the landscapes of the American Depression--the volume addresses such topics as the evolution of musical genres, the globalization of music production and marketing, alternative and hybridized music scenes as sites of localized resistance, the nature of soundscapes, and issues of migration and national identity.

Author Notes

Andrew Leyshon, PhD, is Reader in Geography at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

David Matless, PhD, is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

George Revill, PhD, is Lecturer in Geography at Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

IntroductionLeyshon and Matless and Revill
1 The Global Music Industry: Contradictions in the Commodification of the SublimeJohn Lovering
2 The Early Days of the Gramophone Industry in India: Historical, Social, and Musical PerspectivesGerry Farrell
3 Welcome to Dreamsville: A History and Geography of Northern SoulJoanne Hollows and Katie Milestone
4 Victorian Brass Bands: Class, Taste, and SpaceTrevor Herbert
5 Locating Listening: Technological Space, Popular Music, and Canadian MediationsJody Berland
6 Borderlines: Bilingual Terrain in Scottish SongSteve Sweeney-Turner
7 England's Glory: Sensibilities of Place in English Music, 1900-1950Robert Stradling
8 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Geography of Disappointment: Hybridity, Identity, and Networks of Musical MeaningGeorge Revill
9 Global Undergrounds: The Cultural Politics of Sound and Light in Los Angeles, 1965-1975Simon Rycroft
10 From "Dust Storm Disaster" to "Pastures of Plenty": Woody Guthrie and the Landscapes of the American DepressionJohn R. Gold
11 Sounding Out the City: Music and the Sensuous Production of PlaceSara Cohen
12 Desire, Power, and the Sonoric Landscape: Early Modernism and the Politics of Musical PrivacyRichard Leppert