Synopses & Reviews
“Longman Topics” are brief, attractive readers on a single, complex, but compelling topic. Featuring about 30 full-length selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.
Selections represent a broad variety of musical styles, including classical, rock-and-roll, punk, heavy metal, rap, hip-hop, and country. Selections present a variety of cultural themes, including the appeal of music, youth and morality, music and sexuality, race and gender, and consumerism. Controversial viewpoints invite the writing of argumentative essays.
Anyone interested in studying the relationship between American music and culture.
Part of the Longman Topics reader series, Music and Culture explores social and cultural issues through musicits personalities, business aspects, diversity, and the sounds themselvesand is intended to promote critical thinking and writing through its accessible, balanced variety of reading selections.
Table of Contents
1. The Appeal of Music.
"The Imaginative Mind and the Role of Listener," Aaron Copland.
"Music as a Safe Haven," Melissa Etheridge.
"Music as Energy," Kurt Cobain.
"Life in the 30s," Anna Quindlen.
"Nas and Olu Dara: One Son Learns Lessons from a Father," Touré. Making Connections.
2. "Out of Tune": Youth and Morality.
"Music," Allan Bloom.
"MTV and Morality," John Hamerlinck.
"Punk: The Madness in My Area," Paul Cobley.
"Heavy Metal Under Attack: Suicide and Aggression," Deena Weinstein.
"Children, Violence, and the Media: A Report for Parents and Policy Makers," Senate Committee on the Judiciary September 14, 1999.
"It's Easy, But Wrong, To Blame the Music," Hilary Rosen. Making Connections.
3. Music & Sexuality.
"Madonna I: Animality and Artifice," Camille Paglia.
"Disruptive Divas—Courtney Love," M. LaFrance.
"I Am the King: Phallus Power," Simon Reynolds and Joy Press.
"Glam and Glitter Rock: David Bowie—Sexuality and Gender Typing," Dick Hebdige.
"Dancing Our Way Out of Class Through Funk, Techno or Rave," Beatrice Aaronson. Making Connections.
4. Musicians "Navigating the Racial Terrain."
"The Jazz Impulse: James Brown, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix," Craig Werner.
"Gangsters: Real and Unreal" from Hip Hop America, Nelson George.
"The Angry Appeal of Eminem is Cutting Across Racial Lines," Lynette Holloway.
"It's All About Comin Up: Ice Cube as Educator," Adam Krims.
"Bad Sistas: Queen Latifah," Tricia Rose. Making Connections.
5. Con$umeri$m: The Business of Music.
"Did Stones Sell Their Music Short?," Timothy White.
"Madison Avenue Woos Musicians," by Carla Hay. "Here's Reality: 'Idol' Feeds Hopefuls to a Shaky Music Business," Alessandra Stanley.
"The Heavenly Jukebox," Charles C. Mann.
"Recording Industry Begins Suing P2P File Sharers Who Illegally Offer Copyrighted Music Online," Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
"Music: Are We the World? The Influence of World Music on the American Music Industry and Consumers," Carol Cooper. Making Connections.
6. Creativity, Craft & Culture.
"Pop Music: Authenticity, Creativity and Technology," Gavin Kendall.
"The Delight of Words: The Elizabethan Sonneteers and American Country Lyricists," Jill Tedford Jones.
"Music and Censorship," Victor Lombardi.
"Better Songs Through Censorship," Neil Strauss.
"Where'd You Get That? The Future Evolution of Sampling," Gail Mitchell. "Hip Hop Divas: Those Who Rap, Those Who Don't," Kelefa Sanneh.