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Representations of Working-Class Masculinities in Post-War British Culture: The Left Behind by Matthew Crowley (2020)

Representations of Working-Class Masculinities in Post-War British Culture: The Left Behind by Matthew Crowley (2020)

When considering his main subjects, author Matthew Crowley emphasizes that there are many different ways to live a certain working-class masculinity, as there never was just one single “traditional” experience or one simple, unified path that would lead to such an experience for every English male working-class person in the mid-20th century. In his study […]

Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present by Seth Bovey (2019)

Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present by Seth Bovey (2019)

The Third Bardo’s 1967 song “Five Years Ahead of My Time,” a musical gem by the psychedelic garage band from New York is the eponym for this book, as the many garage bands of the 1960s laid the foundations for American Rock music. The word “garage” in this context actually describes their foremost place of […]

From Flappers to Rappers: The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture by Marcel Danesi (2018)

From Flappers to Rappers: The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture by Marcel Danesi (2018)

As there are already some titles informing about this “feature” of modernity (youth cultures), the title at hand by Marcel Danesi convinces with a solid introduction of what “the youth,” (“a youth,” “a teenager,” or a person in its “adolescence”) actually is and how the “species” was first, well, discovered by sociologist. And how, after […]

Vinyl Records and Analog Culture in the Digital Age: Pressing Matters by Paul E. Winters (2016)

Vinyl Records and Analog Culture in the Digital Age: Pressing Matters by Paul E. Winters (2016)

Not just the die-hard fans and collectors of vinyl recordings will be interested in this new book by Paul E. Winters. Since actually the whole idea of conserving the products of popular culture (which includes recorded sound and music) is carefully examined here. This goes along with analysis of the marketing ideas and promises used […]

Rock ‘N’ Film. Cinema’s Dance With Popular Music by David E. James (2016)

Rock ‘N’ Film. Cinema’s Dance With Popular Music by David E. James (2016)

While already in the 1940s the Hollywood musical artistically integrated film, acting, dancing and singing, it also had another very important feature. „With sound, the movies had become the major means of disseminating popular songs, both those composed for Broadway musicals that were subsequently filmed and those written by the studio’s own teams of lyricists.“ […]