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Berger, Harris M. 1966-

Overview
Works: 18 works in 76 publications in 1 language and 6,112 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Thesis advisor, Depositor, Collector, Interviewer
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Harris M Berger
Metal, rock, and jazz : perception and the phenomenology of musical experience by Harris M Berger( )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 2,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lively comparison of musical meaning in Ohio's Jazz, metal, and hard rock scene
Stance : ideas about emotion, style, and meaning for the study of expressive culture by Harris M Berger( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How we find and make meaning through music and performance? Why does music move us? How do the immediate situation and larger social contexts influence the meanings that people find in stories, rituals, or films? '"Stance" is a study that challenges conventional thinking about cultural experience. It presents the rare combination of high-level philosophical theory and a serious engagement with a wide range of cultural practices in everyday life - from heavy metal guitar performance to undergraduate recitals, and beyond to mass media entertainment', says Fabian Holt, author of "Genre in Popular Music". This book will be of immediate interest to anyone in ethnomusicology, folklore, popular music studies, anthropology, or performance studies."--Jacket
Global pop, local language by Michael Thomas Carroll( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why would a punk band popular only in Indonesia cut songs in no other language than English? If you're rapping in Tanzania and Malawi, where hip hop has a growing audience, what do you rhyme in? Swahili? Chichewa? English? Some combination of these? Global Pop, Local Language examines how performers and audiences from a wide range of cultures deal with the issue of language choice and dialect in popular music. Related issues confront performers of Latin music in the U.S., drum and bass MCs in Toronto, and rappers, rockers, and traditional folk singers from England and Ireland to France, Germany, Belarus, Nepal, China, New Zealand, Hawaii, and beyond. For pop musicians, this issue brings up a number of complex questions. Which languages or dialects will best express my ideas? Which will get me a record contract or a bigger audience? What does it mean to sing or listen to music in a colonial language? A foreign language? A regional dialect? A "native" language? Examining popular music from a range of world cultures, the authors explore these questions and use them to address a number of broader issues, including the globalization of the music industry, the problem of authenticity in popular culture, the politics of identity, multiculturalism, and the emergence of English as a dominant world language. The chapters are written in a highly accessible style by scholars from a variety of fields, including ethnomusicology, popular music studies, anthropology, culture studies, literary studies, folklore, and linguistics
Metal rules the globe : heavy metal music around the world( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heavy metal might not have been the most likely popular music genre to become global, but it has. This collection brings together cultural studies and pop music accounts of metal around the world, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Brazil, Malta, Slovenia, China, Japan, Norway, Israel, Easter Island, and more
Identity and everyday life : essays in the study of folklore, music, and popular culture by Harris M Berger( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How has everyday life been used in three intellectual traditions: American folklore, British cultural studies and French everyday life theory and suggestions for a program for revitalizing anti-elitist approaches to culture
Running with the Devil : power, gender, and madness in heavy metal music by Robert Walser( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dismissed by critics and academics, condemned by parents and politicians, and fervently embraced by legions of fans, heavy metal music continues to attract and embody cultural conflicts that are central to society. In Running with the Devil, Robert Walser explores how and why heavy metal works, both musically and socially, and at the same time uses metal to investigate contemporary formations of identity, community, gender, and power. This edition includes a new foreword by Harris M. Berger contextualizing the work and a new afterword by the author. -- Publisher description
Perception in the moral continuum of history : an ethnography of metal, rock and jazz in northeast Ohio by Harris M Berger( )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[United States, Ohio, Interviews with heavy metal, rock, and jazz musicians, 1992-1993] by Harris M Berger( Recording )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Recordings consist of interviews, feedback interviews, performances, and rehearsals with and by heavy metal, rock, and jazz musicians from northeastern Ohio. Interview topics include group dynamics, the sociology of music scenes, performance techniques, performance styles, specific songs and performance events, music theory, music history, individual biographies, and the "structuring of attention," particularly as these topics relate to the heavy metal, rock, and jazz scenes in Cleveland, Ohio. A wide range of other topics related to music performance and the Cleveland popular music scene are also covered. Several tapes also include the collector's spoken field notes regarding various groups, individuals, and performance events
Global popular music: the politics and aesthetics of language choice( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The practice of perception : multi-functionality and time in the musical experiences of a heavy metal drummer by Harris M Berger( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Heavy Metal Humor : Reconsidering Carnival in Heavy Metal Culture by Gary Botts Powell( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

What can 15th century France and heavy metal have in common? In Heavy Metal Humor, Gary Powell explores metal culture through the work of Mikael Bakhtin's "carnivalesque theory"₊ Describing the practice of inverting commonly understood notions of respectability and the increasing attempts to normalize them, Bakhtin argues that carnivals in Francois Rabelais' work illustrate a sacrilegious uprising by the peasant classes during carnival days against dogmatic aristocrats. Powell asserts that Rabelais' work describes cartoonish carnivals that continue in as exaggerated themes and tropes into other literary styles, such as comedy and horror that ultimately inform modern-day metal culture. To highlight the similarities of Bakhtin's interpretation of Rabelais' work to modern-day metal culture, Powell draw parallels to between Bakhtin's carnivalesque theory and metal culture with two different, exemplary "humorous" metal performances, GWAR and Anal Cunt. Powell chooses "humorous" metal groups because, to achieve their humor, they exaggerate tropes, and behaviors in metal culture. To this end, Powell explores metal culture through GWAR, a costumed band who sprays their audience with fake body fluids as they decapitate effigies. He points out examples of Rabelais' work which Bakhtin uses to describe carnivalesque tropes, and threads them to modern-day metal culture. Powell then indicates how carnivalesque performances amplify with Anal Cunt, a "satirical" hateful, grindcore group. In the band's performance which is both serious and humorous at once, Anal Cunt draws on several carnivalesque behaviors. To dissect this band's performance, Powell augments Bakhtin's carnivalesque theory with Richard Schechner's theory of "dark play" and Johan Huizinga's "play communities" to more describe and illustrate why some aspects of modern-day metal culture do not match Bakhtin's theory based on medieval French literature. However, carnivalesque humor becomes ambiguous and social and political problems arise as it escalates. As disrespectability is promoted, social and political tensions surface. Countering Bakhtin's utopian notion of carnivalesque uprising, Powell highlights how socio-political turmoil presents itself in carnivalesque performance by referring to examples of confusion and concern regarding racism and sexism, something left unexplored in Bakhtin's work. Powell suggests expanding and modernizing Bakhtin's carnival could open pathways toward solutions to carnival culture's socio-political ills. The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible from http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/151037
Crust Punk : Apocalyptic Rhetoric and Dystopian Performatives by David Roby( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The main focus of this thesis is to understand the myriad ways in which crust punk as an expressive cultural form creates meaning, forms the basis for social formation (or music scene), and informs the ways in which its participants both interact with and understand the world around them. Fieldwork for this research was conducted during the summer of 2012 in Austin, Texas. Primary methodology included participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and online ethnography. Additional research data was collected over the last five years through my own personal involvement with the crust punk music scene. The first section examines the ways in which crust punk as a genre both continues to evolve by avoiding and disavowing genre definitions and boundaries. The second section addresses my particular experiences with the Austin, Texas crust punk scene. I separate and examine the differences within the scene among and between differing levels of participation in various scene practices. These practices include the everyday practices necessary to maintain the music scene, as well as "anarchist" practices such as squatting, train hopping, transiency, and refusal to work. In the final section, I argue that in the crust punk scene dystopian performatives enable an apocalyptic and dystopic view of the world, building upon Jill Dolan⁰́₉s theory of utopian performatives. I also outline my theory on how dystopian performatives and apocalyptic rhetoric work together to inflect crust punk structures of feelings and social imaginaries. The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible from http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/151027
New directions for ethnomusicological research into the politics of music and culture : issues, projects, and programs by Harris M Berger( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Death metal tonality and the act of listening by Harris M Berger( )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Armloads of crystals : a general theory of music and emotion by Harris M Berger( )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Stance: Ideas About Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture (Music by Harris M Berger( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Dance Floor Reverberations : Affect and Experience in Contemporary Electronic Dance Music by Christopher Joseph Johnson( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In recent years, electronic dance music (EDM) and dance music culture have gained immense popularity. This thesis looks at EDM's contemporary cultural landscape and what changes this popularity has brought about. While these divergences distinguish mainstream EDM from both current and historical examples, they also highlight fundamental practices and cultural features. From field observations gathered at a variety of venues, (both mainstream and underground) it is clear that, while they all share this basic set of practices, the performances that emerge are vastly different. In part, this thesis revisits traditional conceptions of electronic dance music, and particularly the suggestion that audience members mindlessly submit themselves as a collective whole to the music. Instead, I suggest that the audience is actively engaged in the production of experience by participating together in an enacted performance. Understanding EDM at the level of individual experience does not undermine the significance of collective experience; rather, I suggest collectivity occurs through stranger intimacies between co-performers. By using this phenomenological perspective, differences between spaces can be seen as variations on a shared set of practices and queer history. The final element I consider is mainstream EDM festival culture, how it deviates from other spaces, and how it fits within the broader cultural landscape. While distinctions are clearly evident, I argue that it still operates through the same basic performance framework. I illustrate that EDM festivals operate through neoliberal economic structures, and it appeals to the audience by evoking neoliberal ideologies. The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible from http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/155447
The practice of perception : multi-functionality and time in the musical experience of a heavy metal drummer by Harris M Berger( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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