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Stars don't stand still in the sky : music and myth

This volume assembles scholars, music writers, industry workers, and musicians, who offer a range of opinions and experience of the nature of fame. The collection focuses on commerce, the crowd, performance and image, history and memory, and romance. Contributors discuss black women icons, love-songs, the legacy of the blues, the image of the tortured rock star, MTV, the politics of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the joy of line-dancing, and more. The contributors are James Bernard, Anthony DeCurtis, Katherine Dieckmann, Chuck Eddy, Paul Gilroy, Daniel Glass, Lawrence Grossberg, Jessica Hagedorn, Kathleen Hanna, James Hannaham, Dave Hickey, Jon Langford, Greil Marcus, Angela McRobbie, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), Barbara O'Dair, Ann Powers, Toshi Reagon, Simon Reynolds, Robert Santelli, Jon Savage, Danyel Smith, Arlene Stein, Deena Weinstein, and Ellen Willis
Print Book, English, ©1999
New York University Press, New York, ©1999
287 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
9780814747261, 9780814747278, 9780415198707, 9780415198691, 0814747264, 0814747272, 0415198704, 0415198690
Introduction : all this useless beauty / Greil Marcus
Lost in the supermarket : myth and commerce in the music business / Anthony DeCurtis
Thinking with music / Angela McRobbie
Concealing the hunger / Jon Langford
Art versus commerce : deconstructing a (useful) romantic illusion / Deena Weinstein
Re : creation / Evelyn McDonnell
Bela Lugosi's dead and I don't feel so good either : goth and the glorification of suffering in rock music / James Hannaham
MTV killed the music video star / Katherine Dieckmann
Same as it ever was? rock culture. Same as it ever was! rock theory. / Lawrence Grossberg
On not playing dead / Kathleen Hanna
Cinderella at the headbanger's ball / Chuck Eddy
The sound of the crowd / Jon Savage
Crowds and freedom / Ellen Willis
Dark carnival / Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky that subliminal kid)
Love only knows / Dave Hickey
I'll have to say I love you in a song / Ann Powers
Freedom songs, love songs / Toshi Reagon
Ecstasy is a science : techno-romanticism / Simon Reynolds
Between a hard rock and a velvet Elvis : fatal attractions in rock iconography / Ralph Rugoff
Rock against romance : gender, rock 'n' roll, and resistance / Arlene Stein
Keeping time / Karen Kelly
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum : myth, memory, and history / Robert Santelli
Across the great divide : rock critics, rock women / Barbara O'Dair
Music for gangsters and (other) chameleons / Jessica Hagedorn
Analogues of mourning, mourning the analog / Paul Gilroy
"Published in collaboration with Dia Center for the Arts."