Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth

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NYU Press, 1999 - Music - 287 pages
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Our cultural darlings make music; we make them mythic. Every musical genre begets a community of listeners, performers, and critics, and quite often those categories are blurred. From the principled punk refusal of celebrity to hip-hop's celebration of its power, the music world is self-obsessed.

Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky assembles scholars, music writers, industry workers, and musicians, who offer a range of opinions and experience of the nature of fame. The collection focuses on commerce, the crowd, performance and image, history and memory, and romance. Contributors discuss black women icons, love-songs, the legacy of the blues, the image of the tortured rock star, MTV, the politics of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the joy of line-dancing, and more.

The contributors are James Bernard, Anthony DeCurtis, Katherine Dieckmann, Chuck Eddy, Paul Gilroy, Daniel Glass, Lawrence Grossberg, Jessica Hagedorn, Kathleen Hanna, James Hannaham, Dave Hickey, Jon Langford, Greil Marcus, Angela McRobbie, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), Barbara O'Dair, Ann Powers, Toshi Reagon, Simon Reynolds, Robert Santelli, Jon Savage, Danyel Smith, Arlene Stein, Deena Weinstein, and Ellen Willis.

 

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Contents

A Note on the Series
8
All This Useless Beauty
17
Commerce
24
Myth and Commerce in the Music Busines
31
Thinking with Music
37
Concealing the Hunger
51
Deconstructing a Useful Romantic Illusion
57
Performance and Image
73
Crowds and Freedom
153
Dark Carnival
161
Love Only Knows
177
Freedom Songs Love Songs
193
TechnoRomantici
199
Gender Rock n Roll and Resistance
215
History and Memory
231
Rock Critics Rock Women
245

MTV Killed the Music Video Star
89
Same As It Ever Was? Rock Culture
99
On Not Playing Dead
123
Cinderella at the Headbangers Ball
135
The Sound of the Crowd
145
Music for Gangsters and Other Chameleons
253
Analogues of Mourning Mourning the Analog
261
Bibliography
272
List of Contributors
279
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About the author (1999)

Karen Kelly is Director of Publications and Special Projects at Dia Center for the Arts.

Until recently the music editor at the Village Voice, Evelyn McDonnell is the coeditor of Rock She Wrote, and author of a history of the musical Rent.