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Performing Rites

On the Value of Popular Music

By (author) Simon Frith
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Aug 1996
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm
Weight: 661g
ISBN-10: 0198163320
ISBN-13: 9780198163329
Barcode No: 9780198163329
What is it that makes us nod our head in time with the rhythm, tap our feet, grin, grimace, flip the dial? What is it that makes music "good" and what leads us to make these myriad critical decisions about popular culture each day? This text considers these questions and seeks to uncover the meaning which is manufactured by popular music. From Toscanini to the Pet Shop Boys, "Performing Rites" ranges over and beyond popular music in its exploration of the influence of popular aesthetics. Value judgements are made constantly in all our life-decisions, monumental and mundane, intellectual and apathetic. Simon Frith seeks the root of these decisions which inform our apprehensions of the very culture we daily construct.

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