Music Grooves

Essays and Dialogues

Charles Keil and Steven Feld

Music Grooves
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Charles Keil and Steven Feld

410 pages | 4 color plates, 55 halftones, 2 line drawings, 2 tables, 4 musical examples | 6 x 9 | © 1994
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780226429564 Published January 1995
A collaboration between two of the most interesting voices in ethnomusicology, this volume explores two powerful themes: the "groove" of firsthand experience and participation in music and the "groove" of musical mediation and commodification through recordings. A number of the authors' most important essays, all revised and updated, are introduced and framed by dialogues that supply additional context, introduce retrospective concerns, and reveal connections. This format signals the authors' desire for a more reflexive, experimental discourse on music and society and invites readers to join their conversations.

Music Grooves ranges from jazz, blues, polka, soul, rock, world beat, rap, karaoke, and other familiar genres to major scholarly debates in music theory, ethnomusicology, and popular culture studies. The authors develop and create links between the fields of ethnomusicology and popular culture studies and relate the contents of musics from America, Greece, Cuba, Africa, and Papua New Guinea to artists as diverse as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, L'il Wally Jagiello, Bo Diddley, Walt Solek, Madonna, Paul Simon, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Billie Holiday.

Keil and Feld offer a fascinating view of the shaping of central ideas and terms in ethnomusicology such as "engendered feeling," "interpretive moves," "participatory discrepancies," "iconicity of style," "people's music," "schizophonia," and "lift-up-over sounding." From Keil's critique of Leonard Meyer's musicological approach to Feld's recent work on world beat, this volume covers an array of vital issues in media studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, popular culture, anthropology, and sociology. It will interest anyone concerned with the nature and meaning of music in the modern world.
Contents
Preface
1: Motion and Feeling through Music
Charles Keil
2: Communication, Music, and Speech about Music
Steven Feld
3: Participatory Discrepancies and the Power of Music
Charles Keil
4: Aesthetics as Iconicity of Style (uptown title); or, (downtown title) "Lift-up-over Sounding": Getting into the Kaluli Groove
Steven Feld
5: People's Music Comparatively: Style and Stereotype, Class and Hegemony
Charles Keil
6: Respecting Aretha: A Letter Exchange
Steven Feld, Charles Keil.
7: On Civilization, Cultural Studies, and Copyright
Charles Keil
8: Notes on "World Beat"
Steven Feld
9: Music Mediated and Live in Japan
Charles Keil
10: From Schizophonia to Schismogenesis: On the Discourses and Commodification Practices of "World Music" and "World Beat"
Steven Feld
Sources and Acknowledgments
References
Index
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