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Title Popular music, stars and stardom / edited by Stephen Loy, Julie Rickwood and Samantha Bennett
Published Acton, ACT, Australia : Australian National University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 162 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Contents ch. 1. Popular Music, Stars and Stardom: Definitions, Discourses, Interpretations / Stephen Loy, Julie Rickwood and Samantha Bennett -- ch. 2. Interstellar Songwriting: What Propels a Song Beyond Escape Velocity? / Clive Harrison -- ch. 3. A Good Black Music Story? Black American Stars in Australian Musical Entertainment Before 'Jazz' / John Whiteoak -- ch. 4. 'You're Messin' Up My Mind': Why Judy Jacques Avoided the Path of the Pop Diva / Robin Ryan -- ch. 5. Wendy Saddington: Beyond an 'Underground Icon' / Julie Rickwood -- ch. 6. Unsung Heroes: Recreating the Ensemble Dynamic of Motown's Funk Brothers / Vincent Perry -- ch. 7. When Divas and Rock Stars Collide: Interpreting Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé's Barcelona / Eve Klein -- ch. 8. Intimacy, Authenticity and 'Worlding' in Beyoncé's Star Project / Phoebe Macrossan
Summary "A popular fascination with fame and stardom has existed in Western culture since the late eighteenth century; a fascination that, in the twenty-first century, reaches into almost every facet of public life. The pervasive nature of stardom in modern society demands study from the perspectives of a range of distinct but thematically connected disciplines. The exploration of intersections between broader considerations of stardom and the discourses of popular music studies is the genesis for this volume. The chapters collected here demonstrate the variety of work currently being undertaken in stardom studies by scholars in Australia. The contributions range from biographical considerations of the stars of popular music, contributions to critical discourses of stardom in the industry more broadly, and the various ways in which the use of astronomical metaphors, in both cultural commentary and academic discourse, demonstrate notions of stardom firmly embedded in popular music thought. Not only do these chapters represent a range of perspectives on popular music, stars and stardom, they provide eloquent and innovative contributions to the developing discourse on stardom in popular music."
Analysis Popular music
Rock music
popular culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes This edition © 2018 ANU Press. This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The full licence terms are available at,
This edition © 2018 ANU Press. This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The full licence terms are available at
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Subject Beyoncé, 1981- -- Criticism and interpretation
Saddington, Wendy, 1949-2013 -- Criticism and interpretation
Jacques, Judy, 1944- -- Criticism and interpretation
Caballé, Montserrat -- Criticism and interpretation
Mercury, Freddie -- Criticism and interpretation
Beyoncé, 1981-
Caballé, Montserrat.
Mercury, Freddie.
Popular music -- Australia
Rock music -- Australia
Popular music -- Political aspects
Popular music -- Social aspects
Popular music -- History and criticism
Fame -- Political aspects
Minstrel music -- Australia -- History
Women musicians.
Popular culture.
Media, information & communication industries.
Social Science -- Popular Culture.
Business & Economics -- Industries -- Entertainment.
Minstrel music.
Popular music.
Popular music -- Political aspects.
Popular music -- Social aspects.
Rock music.
Women musicians.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Loy, Stephen, editor
Rickwood, Julie, editor
Bennett, Samantha (Music professor), editor.
Australian National University Press.
ISBN 9781760462130