Oh Boy!: Masculinities and Popular Music
From Muddy Waters to Mick Jagger, Elvis to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley to Justin Timberlake, masculinity in popular music has been an issue explored by performers, critics, and audiences. From the dominance of the blues singer over his "woman" to the sensitive singer/songwriter, popular music artists have adopted various gendered personae in a search for new forms of exp...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published April 25th 2007 by Routledge
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This is a book of articles on masculinity and rock written by a wide variety of authors, all of whom are professors of music (except Judith Halberstam who is in English and Feminist Studies). The subject matter ranges from Elvis, to the mosh pit, to emo, to Justin Timberlake, and to Indonesian pop (just to mention a few). My favorites were Freya Jarman-Ivens' "Don't Cry Daddy" on the degeneration of Elvis' virile masculinity in the course of his career and what that might mean for the (in)stabil...more
Easily one of the stupidest covers on a music scholarship anthology, but a fascinating, discursive look at masculinities in contemporary music. Also, it should be credited for covering a lot of ground -- everyone from the Darkness to Devendra Banhart to Jeff Buckley to Eminem to Justin Timberlake to Stephen Merritt are given consideration.