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Oh Boy!: Masculinities and Popular Music

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From Muddy Waters to Mick Jagger, Elvis to Freddie Mercury, and from Jeff Buckley to Justin Timberlake, masculinity in popular music has been an issue explored by performers, critics, and audiences. Oh Boy! is the first serious study of how forms of masculinity are negotiated, constructed, represented and addressed in popular music texts and practices. Written by a group o ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published June 13th 2007 by Routledge (first published April 25th 2007)
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Susan B.
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.
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