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The Persistence of Sentiment: Display and Feeling in Popular Music of the 1970s By Mitchell Morris,

  • Title: The Persistence of Sentiment: Display and Feeling in Popular Music of the 1970s
  • Author: Mitchell Morris
  • ISBN: 9780520275997
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • How can we account for the persistent appeal of glossy commercial pop music Why do certain performers have such emotional power, even though their music is considered vulgar or second rate In The Persistence of Sentiment, Mitchell Morris gives a critical account of a group of American popular music performers who have dedicated fan bases and considerable commercial succeHow can we account for the persistent appeal of glossy commercial pop music Why do certain performers have such emotional power, even though their music is considered vulgar or second rate In The Persistence of Sentiment, Mitchell Morris gives a critical account of a group of American popular music performers who have dedicated fan bases and considerable commercial success despite the critical disdain they have endured Morris examines the specific musical features of some exemplary pop songs and draws attention to the social contexts that contributed to their popularity as well as their dismissal These artists were all members of or less disadvantaged social categories members of racial or sexual minorities, victims of class and gender prejudices, advocates of populations excluded from the mainstream The complicated commercial world of pop music in the 1970s allowed the greater promulgation of musical styles and idioms that spoke to and for exactly those stigmatized audiences In recent years, beginning with the Seventies Revival of the early 1990s, additional perspectives and layers of interpretation have allowed not only a deeper understanding of these songs function than when they were first popular, but also an appreciation of how their significance has shifted for American listeners in the succeeding three decades.
    The Persistence of Sentiment Display and Feeling in Popular Music of the s How can we account for the persistent appeal of glossy commercial pop music Why do certain performers have such emotional power even though their music is considered vulgar or second rate In The Pers

    One thought on “The Persistence of Sentiment: Display and Feeling in Popular Music of the 1970s”

    1. Interesting but somewhat unfocused, the real strength of the book is that it functions both as a book and as a collection of separate essays My full review will be published in Notes in 2014.

    2. I think if I had been reading this book not for class, I would have enjoyed it thoroughly Some parts I thought were really clever and fun to read particularly the Introduction , but overall I didn t feel like there was an over arching thesis that coherently brought the chapters together or made sense of the entire phenomenon It was well written, though, and kept me engaged.

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