Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music

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Duke University Press, Dec 3, 2001 - Literary Collections - 491 pages
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From the silent era to the present day, popular music has been a key component of the film experience. Yet there has been little serious writing on film soundtracks that feature popular music. Soundtrack Available fills this gap, as its contributors provide detailed analyses of individual films as well as historical overviews of genres, styles of music, and approaches to film scoring.
With a cross-cultural emphasis, the contributors focus on movies that use popular songs from a variety of genres, including country, bubble-gum pop, disco, classical, jazz, swing, French cabaret, and showtunes. The films discussed range from silents to musicals, from dramatic and avant-garde films to documentaries in India, France, England, Australia, and the United States. The essays examine both “nondiegetic” music in film—the score playing outside the story space, unheard by the characters, but no less a part of the scene from the perspective of the audience—and “diegetic” music—music incorporated into the shared reality of the story and the audience. They include analyses of music written and performed for films, as well as the now common practice of scoring a film with pre-existing songs. By exploring in detail how musical patterns and structures relate to filmic patterns of narration, character, editing, framing, and mise-en-scene, this volume demonstrates that pop music is a crucial element in the film experience. It also analyzes the life of the soundtrack apart from the film, tracing how popular music circulates and acquires new meanings when it becomes an official soundtrack.

Contributors.
Rick Altman, Priscilla Barlow, Barbara Ching, Kelley Conway, Corey Creekmur, Krin Gabbard, Jonathan Gill, Andrew Killick, Arthur Knight, Adam Knee, Jill Leeper, Neepa Majumdar, Allison McCracken, Murray Pomerance, Paul Ramaeker, Jeff Smith, Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Nabeel Zuberi
 

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Contents

Overture
1
POPULAR VS SERIOUS
17
The Lost Tradition
19
LAge dor and the Discreet Charms of Classical Music
31
Song Singer Labyrinth in Hitchcocks The Man Who Knew Too Much
53
The Monkees and Head
74
The Radio Crooner in Hollywood 19291933
105
The Chanteuse Realiste in 1930s French Cinema
134
Music Race and Social Mobility in Broken Strings
269
The Role of Johnny Hartman in The Bridges of Madison County
295
PORGY AND BESS
317
African American Recordings of Porgy and Bess as Film and Cultural Criticism
319
The Yiddish Blackface of Samuel Goldwyns Porgy and Bess
347
CONTEMPORARY COMPILATIONS
373
Hindi Film Songs and the Last Days of Genre
375
Popular Songs and Comic Allusion in Contemporary Cinema
407

Song Sequences and Stardom in Popular Hindi Cinema
161
MUSIC AS ETHNIC MARKER
183
The Jewish Case
185
Cultural Politics Country Music and Contemporary American Film
202
The Soundtrack for Touch of Evil
226
Gurinder Chadhas Im British But and the Musical Mediation of Sonic and Visual Identities
244
AFRICAN AMERICAN IDENTITIES
267
GENDER AND TECHNOLOGY
431
The Girl and the Phonograph or the Vamp and the Machine Revisited
433
Bibliography
455
Contributors
475
Index
479
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Pamela Robertson Wojcik is Associate Professor of Film, TV, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Guilty Pleasures: Feminist Camp from Mae West to Madonna, also published by Duke University Press.

Arthur Knight is Associate Professor of American Studies and English at the College of William and Mary and the author of Dis/Integrating the Musical: African American Musical Performance and American Musical Film, 1927-1959, forthcoming from Duke.

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