Music, Politics, and Violence

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Susan Fast, Kip Pegley
Wesleyan University Press, Oct 30, 2012 - Music - 320 pages
Music and violence have been linked since antiquity in ritual, myth, and art. Considered together they raise fundamental questions about creativity, discourse, and music’s role in society. The essays in this collection investigate a wealth of issues surrounding music and violence—issues that cross political boundaries, time periods, and media—and provide cross-cultural case studies of musical practices ranging from large-scale events to regionally specific histories. Following the editors’ substantive introduction, which lays the groundwork for conceptualizing new ways of thinking about music as it relates to violence, three broad themes are followed: the first set of essays examines how music participates in both overt and covert forms of violence; the second section explores violence and reconciliation; and the third addresses healing, post-memorials, and memory. Music, Politics, and Violence affords space to look at music as an active agent rather than as a passive art, and to explore how music and violence are closely—and often uncomfortably—entwined.

CONTRIBUTORS include Nicholas Attfield, Catherine Baker, Christina Baade, J. Martin Daughtry, James Deaville, David A. McDonald, Kevin C. Miller, Jonathan Ritter, Victor A. Vicente, and Amy Lynn Wlodarski.
 

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Contents

SUSAN FAST AND KIP PEGLEY
1
OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE VIOLENCES
35
VIOLENCE AND RECONCILIATION
127
MUSICAL MEMORIALIZATIONS OF VIOLENT PASTS
195
From Voice to Violence and Back Again
243
Bibliography
265
List of Contributors
295
Index
299
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SUSAN FAST is a professor at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and author of In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music. KIP PEGLEY is an associate professor at Queens University and author of Coming to You Wherever You Are: MuchMusic, MTV and Youth Identities.

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