Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volume 1 and 2)

By Steve Sullivan

From John Philip Sousa to eco-friendly Day, from Scott Joplin to Kanye West, from Stephen Foster to Coldplay, The Encyclopedia of serious well known track Recordings, Volumes 1 and 2 covers the big scope of its topic with almost remarkable breadth and intensity. nearly 1,000 key tune recordings from 1889 to the current are explored in complete, unveiling the tales in the back of the songs, the recordings, the performers, and the songwriters.

Beginning the adventure within the period of Victorian parlor balladry, brass bands, and ragtime with the appearance of the checklist undefined, readers witness the start of the blues and the sunrise of jazz within the 1910s and the emergence of nation tune on list and the shift from acoustic to electric recording within the Nineteen Twenties. The odyssey keeps during the Swing period of the Nineteen Thirties; rhythm & blues, bluegrass, and bebop within the Nineteen Forties; the rock & roll revolution of the Fifties; sleek soul, the British invasion, and the folk-rock circulation of the Nineteen Sixties; and eventually into the fashionable period during the musical streams of disco, punk, grunge, hip-hop, and modern dance-pop. Sullivan, although, additionally takes severe detours by means of extending the insurance to genres overlooked in pop track histories, from ethnic and global tune, the gospel recording of either black and white artists, and lesser-known conventional people tunes that stretch again enormous quantities of years.

This e-book is perfect for a person who really loves well known track in all of its excellent type, and someone wishing to benefit extra concerning the roots of almost all of the song we pay attention this present day. well known song fanatics, in addition to students of recording background and expertise and scholars of the intersections among tune and cultural background will all locate this publication to be informative and interesting.

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Eating the Dinosaur

By Chuck Klosterman

After a bestselling and acclaimed diversion into fiction, Chuck Klosterman, writer of Sex, medications, and Cocoa Puffs, returns to the shape during which he’s been spectacularly profitable with a suite of essays approximately our intake of popular culture and sports.

Q: what's this ebook about?

A: good, that’s tough to assert. I haven’t learn it yet—I’ve simply picked it up and casually glanced on the again hide. There essentially isn’t a plot. I’ve heard there’s loads of stuff approximately time trip during this ebook, and rather a lot approximately violence and Garth Brooks and why Germans don’t snigger whilst they’re within grocery shops. Ralph Nader and Ralph Sampson play major roles. i believe there are numerous pages approximately Rear Window and collage soccer and Mad males and why Rivers Cuomo prefers having intercourse with Asian girls. Supposedly there’s a bankruptcy outlining every thing the Unabomber was once correct approximately, yet might be I’m misinformed.

Q: Is there a bigger theme?

A: Oh, whatever approximately fact. “What is reality,” perhaps? No, that’s no longer it. now not precisely. i am getting the experience that the majority of the center questions stay at the method media conception constructs a pretend fact that finally ends up changing into extra significant than no matter what really occurred. additionally, girl Gaga.

Q: may still I learn this book?

A: most likely. Do you spot a transparent courting among the department Davidian catastrophe and the recording of Nirvana’s In Utero? Does Barack Obama make you need to drink Pepsi? Does ABBA remind you of AC/DC? if this is the case, you most likely don’t have to learn this e-book. you most likely wrote this booklet. yet i think each person else will completely like it, with the exception of those who absolutely hate it.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 4)

By James B. South, William Irwin

Twenty-three essays through younger specialist philosophers study the most important moral and metaphysical elements of the Buffyverse (the global of Buffy). even though the exhibit already attracted a lot scholarly consciousness, this can be the 1st publication to completely disinter the highbrow matters. Designed by means of Whedon as a multilevel tale with such a lot of its meanings deeply buried in tons of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has changed The X-Files because the express that explains to americans the character of the robust forces of evil continuously threatening to surge into our global of daily decency and crush it. within the culture of the vintage horror motion pictures Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses moral matters that experience lengthy involved audiences. This booklet attracts out the moral and metaphysical classes from a pop-culture phenomenon.

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Enter the Superheroes: American Values, Culture, and the Canon of Superhero Literature

By Alex S. Romagnoli

Ever because the first appearances of Superman and Batman in comedian books of the past due Nineteen Thirties, superheroes were a staple of the preferred tradition panorama. notwithstanding at first created for more youthful audiences, superhero characters have developed through the years, turning into complicated figures that entice extra refined readers. whereas superhero tales have grown ever extra well known inside of broader society, despite the fact that, comics and image novels were principally missed by way of the realm of academia.

In Enter the Superheroes:American Values, tradition, and the Canon of Superhero Literature, Alex S. Romagnoli and Gian S. Pagnucci argue that superheroes benefit severe examine, either in the academy and past. by way of interpreting the categories of photograph novels that are embraced by means of the academy, this ebook explains how superhero tales are only as major. dependent round key subject matters inside superhero literature, the e-book delves into the positive factors that make superhero tales a different style. The publication additionally attracts upon examples in comics and different media to demonstrate the sociohistorical significance of superheroes—from the interaction of fanatics and creators to certain narrative parts which are delivered to their richest success in the international of superheroes. a listing of noteworthy superhero texts that readers can glance to for destiny research is usually supplied.

In addition to exploring the real roles that superheroes play in children’s studying, the ebook additionally deals an exceptional start line for discussions of ways literature is evolving and why it will be important to extend the conventional nation-states of literary research. Enter the Superheroes should be of specific curiosity to English and composition lecturers but additionally to students of pop culture and fanatics of superhero and comedian ebook literature.

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Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader

By Matthew Flisfeder, Louis-Paul Willis

Because the early Nineteen Seventies, movie, media, and cultural theorists have appealed to Lacanian psychoanalytic concept on the way to parent approaches of subjectivization, illustration, and ideological interpellation. despite the fact that, starting with the paintings of theorists similar to Jacqueline Rose, Joan Copjec, and Slavoj Žižek, a brand new method of Lacan has been complex, one that will pay nearer cognizance to strategies resembling sexual distinction, the 'objet petit a' (the object-cause of desire), myth, the true, entertainment, and the force. Žižek specifically has complicated a political-philosophical re-interpretation of Lacan that has spawned a complete new wave of movie, media, and cultural conception that indicates a marked distinction from an early Lacanian process. The members during this booklet take in a in particular Žižekian method of experiences of cinema and media, either previous and new, elevating questions about strength, ideology, sexual distinction, and pleasure. together with chapters written by way of key figures in Žižekian movie, media, and cultural idea reminiscent of Jodi Dean, Todd McGowan, Paul A. Taylor, and Fabio Vighi, it concludes with a reaction from Žižek himself.

"Flisfeder and Willis thoroughly reshape our knowing of the background of psychoanalytic movie concept through contextualizing it via Slavoj Žižek's impression. Žižek and Media reviews comes at a time while modern psychoanalytic movie conception has replaced considerably and this contribution is hence required reading." - Hilary Neroni, movie and tv reviews, college of Vermont, united states and writer of the topic of Torture: Psychoanalysis, Biopolitics, and Media Representations

"One factor that makes examining Žižek so attention-grabbing and (let's be sincere) pleasing is the best way he engages pop culture and media. regrettably the influence of this attempt has been mostly underappreciated in the self-discipline of Media reviews. This ebook upkeep that deficiency through constructing a notably Žižekian method of media scholarship. it's critical for someone attracted to Žižek and a must-read for college students, academics, and researchers in Media, movie, and communique Studies." - David J. Gunkel, Professor, Northern Illinois collage, united states and writer of The laptop query and Heidegger and the Media

Contents:
Introduction: Žižek and Media stories, past Lacan; Matthew Flisfeder and Louis-Paul Willis
PART I: MEDIA, IDEOLOGY, AND POLITICS
1. Žižek's Reception: Fifty colours of grey Ideology; Paul A. Taylor
2. The chic Absolute: Althusser, Žižek, and the Critique of Ideology; Agon Hamza
3. scholar Fantasies: A Žižekian viewpoint at the 2012 Quebec scholar rebellion; Louis-Paul Willis
4. the target: The Configuration of Trauma within the 'War on Terror,' or the elegant item of the Medium; Richard Bégin
PART II: well known CULTURE
5. the concern of the instance: Hegel Contra movie reviews; Todd McGowan
6. Imagining the top occasions: Ideology, the modern catastrophe motion picture, and Contagion; Matthew Beaumont
7. Žižek and the 80s motion picture tune: "There Is a Non-Relationship"; Graham Wolfe
8. a bit Piece of the Reel: Prosthetic Vocality and the Obscene Surplus of checklist construction; Mickey Vallee
9. White Elephants and darkish Matter(s): gazing the realm Cup with Slavoj Žižek; Tim Walters
PART III: movie AND CINEMA
10. Contingent Encounters and Retroactive Signification: Zooming in at the Dialectical middle of Žižek's movie feedback; Fabio Vighi
11. easy methods to Kill Your mom: Heavenly Creatures, wish and Žižek's go back to Ideology; Cindy Zeiher
12. discussion with American Skepticism: Cavell and Žižek on Sexual distinction; Keiko Ogata
13. From Interpassive to Interactive Cinema: A family tree of the relocating photograph of Cynicism; Tamas Nagypal
14. past the past: CGI and the nervousness of Overperfection; Hugh Manon
PART IV: SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE INTERNET
15. Slavoj Žižek as net thinker; Clint Burnham
16. the genuine web; Jodi Dean
17. having fun with Social Media; Matthew Flisfeder
18. Is Torture a part of Your Social community; Tara Atluri
Afterword: Staging female Hysteria: Schoenberg's Erwartung; Slavoj Žižek

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X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender in the Comic Books

By Joseph J. Darowski

First showing in 1963, The Uncanny X-Men had a coarse commence, lasting until eventually 1970 whilst the comedian publication was once canceled because of low revenues. Following a relaunch in 1975, besides the fact that, it stumbled on new recognition due to problematic scripting through Chris Claremont and the paintings of John Byrne. inside of many years, The Uncanny X-Men was once one among surprise Comics’ best-selling sequence and over the a long time it turned probably the most profitable and well known franchises in comedian e-book heritage. Spin-off titles, mini-series, multimedia diversifications, and a vastly increased solid of characters undefined. one of many purposes for the luck of X-Men is its robust “mutant metaphor,” which reinforces the tales with cultural value and the exploration of issues resembling societal prejudice and discrimination.

In X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender within the comedian Books, Joseph J. Darowski completely analyzes The Uncanny X-Men, delivering its old heritage and dividing the long-running sequence into specified eras. every one bankruptcy examines the creators and common plot strains, by way of a more in-depth research of the significant characters and key tales. the ultimate bankruptcy explores the literal use of race and gender instead of the metaphorical or thematic methods such matters were addressed. This research comprises insights received from interviews with a number of comedian publication creators, and dozens of illustrations from the comedian booklet sequence. Of specific importance are data that music the race and gender of each X-Men hero, villain, and aiding personality. via delving into the old historical past of the sequence and heavily interpreting characters and tales, X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor illuminates a major pop culture phenomenon.

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Punk Slash! Musicals: Tracking Slip-Sync on Film

By David Laderman

Punk shrink! Musicals is the 1st publication to deal commonly with punk narrative motion pictures, in particular British and American punk rock musicals made out of approximately 1978 to 1986. movies reminiscent of Jubilee, Breaking Glass, instances sq., Smithereens, Starstruck, and Sid and Nancy characterize a convergence among self reliant, subversive cinema and formulaic classical Hollywood and pa musical genres.

Guiding this undertaking is the idea that of "slip-sync." Riffing at the usual lip-sync phenomenon, "slip-sync" refers to moments within the motion pictures while the punk performer "slips" out of sync with the functionality spectacle, and occasionally the sound song itself, engendering a provocative second of hysteria. This rigidity usually serves to demonstrate different thematic and narrative conflicts, principal between those being the punk negotiation among authenticity and inauthenticity.

Laderman emphasizes the robust lady lead performer on the middle of almost all these movies, in addition to each one film's engagement with gender and race concerns. also, he situates his analyses in terms of the wider cultural and political context of the neo-conservatism and new digital audio-visual applied sciences of the Eighties, exhibiting how punk's revolution opposed to the mainstream all depends upon a definite ironic embody of dad culture.

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Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Kevin S. Decker, Jason T. Eberl

Philosophy and area go back and forth are characterised through a similar primary goal: exploration. a vital consultant for either philosophers and Trekkers, Star Trek and Philosophy combines a philosophical spirit of inquiry with the loved tv and movie sequence to contemplate questions not just concerning the medical customers of interstellar commute but additionally the inward trip to check the human . The expansive subject matters diversity from the chances for verbal exchange between various cultural backgrounds to questions on the stoic temperament exhibited through Vulcans to Ferengi enterprise practices. in particular selected to damage new flooring in exploring the philosophical dimensions of Star Trek, those articles boldly cross the place no thinker has long gone before.

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We Dropped a Bomb on You: The Best of Slake I-IV

Cofounded via former LA Weekly editor Joe Donnelly and present Los Angeles Times Arts and leisure editor Laurie Ochoa, Slake is a literary magazine that units a brand new template for the subsequent iteration of print courses — collectible, now not disposable; destined for the bedside desk rather than the recycling bin. it is a entire new means of la and the area. We Dropped a Bomb on You is a devastating compendium of essays, fiction, and picture essays from the 1st 4 problems with Slake. that includes formerly unpublished paintings via Mark Z. Danielewski, Dana Goodyear, Gregory Bojorquez, Jonathan Gold, Richard Lange, and Iris Berry, this assortment marks a go back to storytelling with polished essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, and profile writing that's disappearing in a global of speedy takes and unfiltered opinion.

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Popular Culture: Past and Present

Utilizing an interdisciplinary technique, this booklet covers pop culture in Britain from the early 19h-century to the current. It brings jointly contributions dealing either with normal cultural phenomena, equivalent to literacy and sophistication attention, and extra particular well known cultural varieties, similar to the song corridor and overdue 19th-century technological know-how fiction. The ebook additionally comprises readings of up to date cultural phenomena as diversified as bike gangs, Jackie journal and children's confectionery.

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