Peter Gabriel, from Genesis to Growing Up

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Michael Drewett, Sarah Hill, Kimi Kärki
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Music - 267 pages
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Ever since Peter Gabriel fronted progressive rock band Genesis, from the late 1960s until the mid 1970s, journalists and academics alike have noted the importance of Gabriel's contribution to popular music. His influence became especially significant when he embarked on a solo career in the late 1970s. Gabriel secured his place in the annals of popular music history through his poignant recordings, innovative music videos, groundbreaking live performances, the establishment of WOMAD (the World of Music and Dance) and the Real World record label (as a forum for musicians from around the world to be heard, recorded and promoted) and for his political agenda (including links to a variety of political initiatives including the Artists Against Apartheid Project, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Now tour). In addition, Gabriel is known as a sensitive, articulate and critical performer whose music reflects an innate curiosity and deep intellectual commitment. This collection documents and critically explores the most central themes found in Gabriel's work. These are divided into three important conceptual areas arising from Gabriel's activity as a songwriter and recording artist, performer and activist: `Identity and Representation', `Politics and Power' and `Production and Performance'.
  

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Contents

From Genesis to Growing Up
1
Peter Gabriel
15
Peter Gabriel and the Question of Being Eccentric
31
Visual Imagery in Peter Gabriels
57
Image and Music
71
The Political
99
The Case
113
Old Hegemonies New Musics
131
Peter Gabriels Use of the Flute
159
Technology
173
Surrealism in Peter Gabriels Sledgehammer
195
The Phonographic Staging of Voice in Peter
211
The Stage Performance Design Collaboration
225
Bibliography
241
Index
263
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Michael Drewett, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Rhodes University, South Africa.
Sarah Hill, Lecturer in Music, Cardiff University, UK.
Kimi Karki, Coordinator of Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland.

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