Cover image for Reading rock and roll : authenticity, appropriation, aesthetics
Reading rock and roll : authenticity, appropriation, aesthetics
Dettmar, Kevin J. H., 1958-
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 347 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword: Dancing about architecture / Anthony DeCurtis -- Introduction / Kevin J.H. Dettmar and William Richey -- Modeling authenticity, authenticating commercial models / Michael Coyle and Jon Dolan -- Too much Mead? : under the influence (of participant-observation) / R.J. Warren Zanes -- Fixing Madonna and Courtney : sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll reflux / Marilyn Manners -- "Ask any girl" : compulsory heterosexuality and girl group culture / Patricia Juliana Smith -- "Do Doc Martens have a special smell? : homocore, skinhead eroticism, and queer agency / Ashley Dawson -- Dr. Funkenstein's supergroovalisticprosifunkstication : George Clinton signifies / Mark Willhardt and Joel Stein -- "I have come out to play" : Jonathan Richman and the politics of the faux naïf / John Alberti -- This is fascism? : raves and the politics of dancing / Sean Portnoy -- The riot grrrls and "Carnival" / Neil Nehring -- Time to heal, "desire" time : the cyberprophesy of U2's "Zoo world order" / Robyn Brothers -- "Even better than the real thing" : U2's (love) songs of the self / Atara Stein -- Elvis Costello as cultural icon and cultural critic / Pamela Thurschwell -- Musical cheese : the appropriation of seventies music in nineties movies / Kevin J.H. Dettmar and William Richey.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
ML3534 .R3844 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



Considering the work of such artists as Madonna, U2, and Nirvana, this text provides a critical analysis of rock and roll. The essays call attention to the allusiveness and intertextuality of the music, whether it is Kurt Cobain undermining the Beatles or U2's use of Johnny Cash's legendary voice.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Dettmar (Southern Illinois Univ.) and Richey (Univ. of South Carolina) collect 13 essays exploring various aspects of rock and roll. Parting company from the more general theoretical studies, such as Simon Frith's Performing Rites (CH, Jan'97), the essays focus on specific subjects--for example, Michael Coyle and Jon Dolan's opening chapter on "the discourse of authenticity." R.J. Warren Zanes follows with a theoretical piece on performance, then Marilyn Manners explores Madonna and Courtney Love, Patricia Smith dissects the early girl groups, Ashley Dawson contributes "Homocore, Skinhead Eroticism, and Queer Agency," and Mark Willhardt and Joel Stein take aim at George Clinton and his transforming identities. Other contributions include John Alberti on Jonathan Richman, Sean Portnoy's "Raves and the Politics of Dancing," Neil Nehring's "The Riot Grrr1s and 'Carnival,' " Robyn Brothers and Atara Stein on U2 and Bono's music and persona, and Pamela Thurschwell on Elvis Costello. The editors end with an exploration of 1970s music in 1990s movies. The contributors favor poststructuralist and postmodern critiques over narration. All essays include notes. Recommended for advance collections serving upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. D. Cohen; Indiana University Northwest

Table of Contents

Anthony DeCurtisKevin J. H. Dettmar and William RicheyMichael Coyle and Jon DolanR. J. Warren ZanesMarilyn MannersPatricia Juliana SmithAshley Dawson
Foreword: Dancing About Architecturep. vii
Introductionp. 1
1. Modeling Authenticity, Authenticating Commercial Modelsp. 17
2. Too Much Mead?: Under the Influence (of Participant-Observation)p. 37
3. Fixing Madonna and Courtney: Sex Drugs Rock 'N' Roll Refluxp. 73
4. "Ask Any Girl": Compulsory Heterosexuality and Girl Group Culturep. 93
5. "Do Doc Martens Have A Special Smell?": Homocore, Skinhead Eroticism, and Queer Agencyp. 125