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Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth

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Our cultural darlings make music; we make them mythic. Every musical genre begets a community of listeners, performers, and critics, and quite often those categories are blurred. From the principled punk refusal of celebrity to hip-hop's celebration of its power, the music world is self-obsessed.

Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky assembles scholars, music writers, industry
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by New York University Press
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Tara Brabazon
What a surprising book. I bought it for Greil Marcus's introduction - "All this Useless Beauty" - that probed the nature of Elvis Costello's songwriting and voice. That formed a great introduction, but the rest of the monograph is a deliciously tortured book. Musicians, rock journalists and academics spend their chapters writing past each other.

The focus on memory, myth, legend and history in popular music is a rich terrain. While there are weak chapters in this edited collection, James Hannaha
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Kurt
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
A book full of essays on how and why rock music resonates with so many people. Archetypes of power, glory and transcedence all come into play, and how our culture pushes deification on our stars, creating heroes of mythical proportions. The best articles are written by the non-academics, IMO. The academic essays sometimes seem to be stretching, pushing and pulling to make their points, which just feels forced, or worse, boring and dry. Something writing about Rock music should never be. A lot of ...more
Indra
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Well-written...academic. Definitely a cultural studies/cultural theory book one might read at university. My favorite pieces were written by Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Toshi Reagon, also a musical performer.
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