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The Cambridge companion to the singer-songwriter

Author: Katherine Williams; Justin A Williams
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Most often associated with modern artists such as Bob Dylan, Elton John, Don McLean, Neil Diamond, and Carole King, the singer-songwriter tradition in fact has a long and complex history dating back to the medieval troubadour and earlier. This Companion explains the historical contexts, musical analyses, and theoretical frameworks of the singer-songwriter tradition. Divided into five parts, the book explores the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Williams; Justin A Williams
ISBN: 9781107063648 1107063647 9781107680913 1107680913
OCLC Number: 920730046
Description: xvi, 366 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Katherine Williams and Justin A. Williams --
Establishing a tradition. The emergence of the singer-songwriter / David R. Shumway ; Singer-songwriters of the German Lied / Natasha Loges and Katy Hamilton ; Bill Monroe, bluegrass music, and the politics of authorship / Mark Finch ; Singer-songwriters and the English folk tradition / Allan F. Moore ; The Brill Building and the creative labour of the professional songwriter / Simon Barber ; Forging the singer-songwriter at the Los Angeles Troubadour / Christa Anne Bentley ; The 'professional' singer-songwriter in the 1970s / Michael Borshuk --
Individuals. Thomas D'Urfey / Tōru Mitsui ; Leadbelly / Josep Pedro ; Region and identity in Dolly Parton's songwriting / Jada Watson ; Authorship and performance in the music of Elton John / Phil Allcock ; Depicting the working class in the music of Billy Joel / Joshua S. Duchan ; Musical gesture in the songs of Nick Drake / Timothy Koozin ; Sampling and storytelling: Kanye West's vocal and sonic narratives / Lori Burns, Alyssa Woods, and Marc Lafrance ; James Blake, digital lion / madison moore ; Outside voices and the construction of Adele's singer-songwriter persona / Sarah Suhadolnik ; Joanna Newsom's 'Only skin': authenticity, 'becoming-other', and the relationship between 'New' and 'Old Weird America' / Jo Collinson Scott --
Men and women. Gender, race, and the ma(s)king of 'Joni Mitchell' / Kevin Fellezs ; Gender, genre, and diversity at Lilith Fair / Jennifer Taylor ; Changing openness and tolerance towards LGBTQ singer-songwriters / Katherine Williams ; Tori Amos as shaman / Chris McDonald ; Gender identity, the queer gaze, and female singer-songwriters / Megan Berry ; The female singer-songwriter in the 1990s / Sarah Boak --
Frameworks and methods. Reconciling theory with practice in the teaching of songwriting / Mark Marrington ; Singer-songwriters and open mics / Marcus Aldredge ; Singer-songwriter authenticity, the unconscious and emotions (feat. Adele's 'Someone Like You') / Rupert Till --
Global perspectives. Don McGlashan and local authenticity / Nick Braae ; Italian canzone d'autore and Greek entechno tragoudi: a comparative overview / Franco Fabbri and Ioannis Tsioulakis ; Singer-songwriters and fandom in the digital age / Lucy Bennett.
Series Title: Cambridge companions to music.
Responsibility: edited by Katherine Williams and Justin A. Williams.

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This Companion explores the historical and theoretical contexts of the singer-songwriter tradition, and includes case studies of singer-songwriters from Thomas d'Urfey through to Kanye West.  Read more...

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