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Rock N Film: Cinemas Dance With Popular Music

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For two decades after the mid-1950s, biracial popular music played a fundamental role in progressive social movements on both side... Weiterlesen
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For two decades after the mid-1950s, biracial popular music played a fundamental role in progressive social movements on both sides of the Atlantic. Balancing rocks capacity for utopian popular cultural empowerment with its usefulness for the capitalist media industries, Rock N Film explores how the musics contradictory potentials were reproduced in various kinds of cinema, including major studio productions, minor studios exploitation projects, independent documentaries, and the avant-garde. These include Rock Around the Clock and other 1950s jukebox musicals, the films Elvis made before being drafted, especially King Creole, as well as the formulaic comedies in which Hollywood abused his genius in the 1960s, early documentaries such as The T.A.M.I. Show that presented James Brown and the Rolling Stones as the core of a black-white, US-UK cultural commonality, A Hard Days Night that marked the British Invasion, Dont Look Back, Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and other Direct Cinema documentaries about the music of the counterculture, and avant-garde films about the Rolling Stones by Jean-Luc Godard, Kenneth Anger, and Robert Frank. After the turn of the decade, notably Gimme Shelter, in which the Stones appeared to be complicit in the Hells Angels murder of a young black man, 1960s music-and films about it-reverted to separate black and white traditions based respectively on soul and country. These produced blaxploitation and Lady Sings the Blues on the one hand, and bigoted representations of Southern culture in Nashville on the other. Ending with the deaths of their stars, both films implied that rock n roll had died or even, as David Bowie proclaimed, that it had committed suicide. But in his documentary about Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, D.A. Pennebaker triumphantly re-affirmed the community of musicians and fans in glam rock. In analyzing this history, David E. James adapts the methodology of histories of the classic film musical to show how the rock n roll film both displaced and recreated it.


David E. James is Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Written Within and Without: A Study of Blake's Milton, Allegories of Cinema: American Film in the Sixties, Power Misses: Essays Across (Un)Popular Culture, The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles, and more.


Table of Contents 1. Introduction: Rock 'n' Film 2. Absolute Beginnings: Blackboard Jungle 3. Jukebox Musicals 4. Dirty Stars: Jayne Mansfield and Kenneth Anger 5. Rock 'n' Roll Noir: Elvis Before the Army 6. Sunshine Elvis: The Devil in Disguise (inc Morphology of the Elvis Movie) 7. Back in the UK: The English Elvises 8. Beatles I: Richard Lester and A Hard Day's Night 9. Beatles II: Next Morning 10. Bringing It All Back Home: Toward the Folk Documentary 11. D. A. Pennebaker: Documentary from Folk to Folk Rock and Rock 12. Utopia and Its Discontents: Woodstock 13. The Rolling Stones I: The Greatest Rock 'n' Film Band in the World 14. Mick Jagger, Demon Brother 15. The Rolling Stones II: The U.S. Tours, From Concert Film to Film Concert: 16. Back To Black . . . : Soul 17. . . . And White: Country 18. Retrospection and Reflexivity: Rock 'n' Film Suicide Index


Titel: Rock N Film: Cinemas Dance With Popular Music
Untertitel: Cinema's Dance With Popular Music
EAN: 9780199387618
ISBN: 978-0-19-938761-8
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 488
Veröffentlichung: 10.12.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch