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Sound tracks : popular music, identity, and place
Connell, John, 1946-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Into the music -- Music and place : 'fixing authenticity' -- Music and movement : overcoming space -- The place of lyrics -- Sounds and scenes : a place for music? -- Music communities : national identity, ethnicity, and place -- New worlds : music from the margins? -- A world of flows : music, mobility, and transnational soundscapes -- Aural architecture : the spaces of music -- Marketing place : music and tourism -- Terra Digitalia? : music, copyright, and territory in the information age -- The long and winding road--.
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1560 Lexile.
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ML3918.P67 C66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Sound Tracksis the first comprehensive book on the new geography of popular music, examining the complex links between places, music and cultural identities. It provides an interdisciplinary perspective on local, national and global scenes, from the 'Mersey' and 'Icelandic' sounds to 'world music', and explores the diverse meanings of music in a range of regional contexts.
In a world of intensified globalisation, links between space, music and identity are increasingly tenuous, yet places give credibility to music, not least in the 'country', and music is commonly linked to place, as a stake to originality, a claim to tradition and as a marketing device. This book develops new perspectives on these relationships and how they are situated within cultural and geographical thought.

Author Notes

John Connell is Professor and Head of the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney and Chris Gibson is Lecturer in Economic Geography at the University of New South Wales

Table of Contents

1 Into the music
2 Music and place: 'fixing' authenticity
3 Music and movement: overcoming space
4 The place of lyrics
5 Sounds and scenes: a place for music?
6 Music communities: national identity, ethnicity and place
7 New worlds: music from the margins?
8 A world of flows: music, mobility and transnational soundscapes
9 Aural architecture: the spaces of music
10 Marketing place: music and tourism
11 Terra Digitalia? Music, copyright and territory in the information age
12 The long and winding road