New Wave: Image is Everything (Pop Music, Culture and Identity) 2015th Edition
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"Falling through the cracks between canonical studies of punk and recent work on post-punk, the music and culture of New Wave remain unexplored by scholars or critics. Matthew Adkins' New Wave: Image is Everything goes a long way in filling in this gap. Full of insights and theoretically rich, this book sets new wave against the backdrop of 1980s image culture, tracing its roots in Pop Art and deftly mapping the connections between music, media and that cultural condition which came to be known as postmodernism." - Will Straw, McGill University, Canada
About the Author
M. King Adkins works primarily in the fields of postmodernism and popular culture. During a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech, he began seeking ways to connect these research areas to STEM education. Currently he serves as Assistant Professor of Humanities at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota.
- Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan; 2015th edition (February 6, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 159 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1137363541
- ISBN-13 : 978-1137363541
- Item Weight : 11.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.44 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,660,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With such a notoriously nebulous musical genre and an equally hard to pin down philosophical and artistic movement, charges of cherry picking which elements to draw parallels to are never far from one's mind but the analysis nevertheless provides illuminating ways of reassessing familiar music and imagery. Just how familiar many of the acts would have been with postmodern theory is perhaps irrelevant (though art school grads including Talking Heads' David Byrne, Devo's Jerry Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, and Scritti Politti's Green Gartside would undoubtedly have been) as many were unwittingly reflecting a shift in society that they were merely a part of (in the same manner that the punk rock musicians that were the subject of Greil Marcus's Lipstick Traces were almost certainly unaware of Situationism). Adkins manages to show that the new wave bands' willful artificiality - in the eyes of their detractors their biggest liability - is, in fact, an important and integral part of their (non-)message. At times it struggles with the strange paradox of describing an environment which is inescapable in day to day life and as such most of us give no thought to. But by taking a step back and recognizing these pervasive conditions, Adkins forces us to see what we take for granted in a new light.
You might not agree with all of his assertions but the book provides a thought-provoking analysis and it would be great to see others pick up where he's left off as it's an area that definitely deserves more attention that it has been given. In the end, this book may not only convince you to approach some of your favorite music from a new perspective but the world that we live in as well.