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Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music

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Who's better? Billie Holiday or P. J. Harvey? Blur or Oasis? Dylan or Keats? And how many friendships have ridden on the answer? Such questions aren't merely the stuff of fanzines and idle talk; they inform our most passionate arguments, distill our most deeply held values, make meaning of our ever-changing culture. In Performing Rites, one of the most influential writers ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published February 6th 1998 by Harvard University Press (first published 1996)
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Julio César
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De esos libros que siempre recordaremos. Todo investigador, todo científico, atesora en su memoria ciertos libros que cambiaron su manera de entender el mundo (o su especialidad, que vendría a ser lo mismo). Desde que me empecé a interesar en el arte tuve la suerte de toparme con un par: Los mundos del arte. Sociología del trabajo artístico, Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain. Y ahora este.
Bienvenida la traducción del clásico de Simon Frith, el cual conocía de cita
Simon Mcleish
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally published on my blog here in November 1998.

Performing Rites is an academic analysis of the meaning and role of music from the standpoint of a cultural studies expert who has also been a well-known rock-music critic (he was the chairman of the judges for the Mercury Music prize for some years, for example). Though ostensibly about popular music, much of what Frith has to say is based on classical musicology (for the obvious reason that there is far more material available in this field
Apr 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Its hard to review this. In some ways its great, but you have to work to separate the good from the bad.
Fragmenty bliższe teorii estetyki niż socjologii muzyki podobały mi się zdecydowanie mniej, ale i tak jest to bardzo wartościowa książka.
Nathan Lamp
Frith offers an accessible and engaging account of my the music we cherish matters, focusing on philosophical and sociological accounts of how we socially define ourselves, create identity and community, and develop our systems of value and personal morality through the music we listen to.

Due to the dearth of good scholarship on popular music and culture at the time of writing this book (it was written in 1996), Frith often relies on analyses of classical music, jazz, and other "art" forms to ma
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-reading
Ever the champion of popular music and its social importance, here Simon Frith suggests what we should listen for in all genres of pop, and also how we should listen. Frith wants us to listen for and consider the meaning of different 'voices' in pop, how technology affects recording, how sound affects space and time, performance, and others. He's not here to suck the fun out of music for us though; Frith ultimately advocates a dismantling of the elitist high-low culture split, an integration of ...more
Tiny Pants
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is a little bit patchy, but like the little girl with the little curl, when it's good it's very very good. Frith does a wonderful job of justifying the study of popular culture, and also for explaining some of the different issues one has to contend with in doing so. Also, he makes you put up with his weird musical taste throughout the book, which I can respect cause I could see myself doing that, too (so like every third example winds up somehow being about the Pet Shop Boys, regardle ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Frith's writing is informative and tackles complex issues of tastemaking in pop music, but never fails to entertain on a more relatable level. This isn't the purposely exclusive academia that one can sometimes get with pop music studies. Frith treats his subject with great respect, passion and detail, and we the reader are better off for it.
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, music
I love this book--there are some particularly thought-provoking points about the sociological dimensions of following particular kinds of music.
Seth Little
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent academic look at popular music from a leading sociologist's perspective. Very helpful for the curious pop musician who wants a glimpse into some of the science of the art form.
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