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              Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums
               

              Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums (Hardback, New edition)

              Edited by Plasketes, George; Series edited by Scott, Professor Derek B.; Burns, Professor Lori; Hawkins, Professor Stan

              • RRP: $294.00
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              Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums brings together the stories of 23 debut albums over a nearly fifty year span, ranging from Buddy Holly and the Chirping Crickets in 1957 to The Go! Team in 2005. In addition to biographical background and a wealth of his...torical information about the genesis of each album.
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              ISBN 9781409441762
              Released NZ 14 Jun 2013
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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              True Disbelievers: Elvis Contagion

              True Disbelievers: Elvis Contagion (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Plasketes, George

              • RRP: $86.99
              • $86.99
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              The legion of fans who refuse to believe that Elvis Presley died August 16, 1977 has been a major force behind the ever-expanding, elusive, and enduring Elvis myth during the past seventeen years. This network of fervent true believers engages in activities that include a melange... of sightings and conspiracy theories. Mass media coverage of these phenomena has evolved from the underground grass-roots level to widespread publicity with social, religious, commercial, and ideological underpinnings. In True Disbelievers, R. Serge Denisoff and George Plasketes examine the implications of various accounts and several perspectives on Elvis Presley's death and transfiguration. Denisoff and Plasketes also analyze the various media that those who doubt Elvis's death use to popularize their positions, including television, magazines, and books. They review the work of others who have written on the subject, such as Gail Brewer-Giorgio and Major Bill Smith, and raise provocative, yet valid questions about the phenomenon they describe. True Disbelievers takes a pointed look at the music industry as well, and how it has used and commercially benefitted by the continuing belief that Elvis lives. They examine common strands in the many reports of Elvis sightings since Presley's reported death. Denisoff and Plasketes describe the Elvis phenomenon in serious, objective as well as empathetic terms, placing it in the context of studies of cult figures and their followers. True Disbelievers contains a great deal of fascinating information about America's popular culture and the power and influence of the media in modern society. It will be of significant interest to communication studiesscholars,sociologists,professionals in the music and media industries, and those interested in popular culture.
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              ISBN 9781138517509
              Released NZ 18 Apr 2018
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Play it Again: Cover Songs in Popular Music
               

              Play it Again: Cover Songs in Popular Music (Hardback, New edition)

              Edited by Plasketes, George; Series edited by Scott, Professor Derek B.; Hawkins, Professor Stan; Burns, Professor Lori

              • RRP: $294.00
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              The cover phenomenon may be viewed as a postmodern manifestation in music as artists revisit, reinterpret and re-examine a significant cross section of musical styles, periods, genres, individual records and other artists and their catalogues of works. This title offers critical ...perspectives on the many facets of cover songs in popular music.
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              ISBN 9780754668091
              Released NZ 28 Apr 2010
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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              Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles
               

              Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles (Hardback)

              By Plasketes, George

              • RRP: $99.99
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              George Plasketes provides a comprehensive chronicle of Warren Zevon's 40-year, 20-record career and his enduring cultural significance. Throughout, Plasketes explores the musical, cinematic, and literary influences that shaped Zevon's distinctive style and songwriting themes.

              ISBN 9781442234567
              Released NZ 15 Jun 2016
              Publisher Woodslane Pty Ltd
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Tempo: A Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop, and Culture
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              True Disbelievers: Elvis Contagion
               

              True Disbelievers: Elvis Contagion (Hardback)

              Edited by Plasketes, George

              • RRP: $212.00
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              The legion of fans that refuse to believe that Elvis Presley died has been a major force behind the ever-expanding, elusive, and enduring Elvis myth for nearly thirty years. These true believers engage in activities that include a mlange of sightings and conspiracy theories. True... Disbelievers examines the implications of various accounts and several perspectives on Presley's death and transfiguration.
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              ISBN 9781560001867
              Released NZ 30 Apr 1995
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
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              B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present
               

              B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present (Hardback, New edition)

              By Plasketes, George; Series edited by Scott, Professor Derek B.; Burns, Professor Lori; Hawkins, Professor Stan

              • RRP: $282.00
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              There are undercurrents and peripheral taste preferences that are a defining part of our individual and collective cultural experience. Music is no exception. This book adapts the 'A-side/B-side' dichotomy from the 45 r p m for use as a conceptual, historical, and cultural framew...ork for threading together popular music and media texts.
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              ISBN 9780754665618
              Released NZ 25 Jun 2009
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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              B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present

              B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Plasketes, George

              • RRP: $104.00
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              There are undercurrents and peripheral taste preferences that are a defining part of our individual and collective cultural experience. Music is no exception. George Plasketes adapts the iconic A-side/B-side dichotomy from the 45 r.p.m. for use as a unique conceptual, critical, h...istorical, and cultural framework for exploring and threading together a variety of popular music and media texts. The profiles and perspectives focus on the peripheries; on texts which might be considered B-sides overlooked, underappreciated, and unsung cases, creators, patterns and productions that have unassumingly, but significantly, marked popular culture, music and media during the past 40 years. The underappreciated yet enduring contributions of a variety of creative individuals in music, television and film are a centerpiece of this volume: actress Doris Day's son, Terry Melcher, a 1960s music producer whose imprint is on the surf, country blues, garage pop and most importantly the folk rock genre; Hans Fenger's kid chorus cover project, a musical variation of outsider art that became representative of the tribute wave that began in the 1990s and continues today; versatile guitarist virtuoso Ry Cooder's extensive film soundtrack work; World Music missionary efforts of American artists beyond Paul Simon's Graceland, including Neil Diamond's precursor with Tap Root Manuscript in the 1970s and the exotic adventures of Henry Kaiser and David Lindley in Madagascar and Norway to name just a few examples. These B-sides represent undercurrents, but they resonate as overtones in the mainstream of music and culture, many as historical hinges. Collectively, these B-sides are an A-side antidote of outskirt observations, individual snapshots of artists, artifacts and rituals, genres and generations, producers and musical productions in television, film and video. They constitute an important connect-the-dots cultural chronicle with a multi-layered context social, legal, historic, economic, techno
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              ISBN 9781138257689
              Released NZ 11 Nov 2016
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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              Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums

              Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Plasketes, George

              • RRP: $104.00
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              Debut albums are among the cultural artefacts that capture the popular imagination especially well. As a first impression, the debut album may take on a mythical status, whether the artist or group achieves enduring success or in rare cases when an initial record turns out to be ...an apogee for an artist. Whatever the subsequent career trajectory, the debut album is a meaningful text that can be scrutinized for its revelatory signs and the expectations that follow. Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums tells the stories of 23 debut albums over a nearly fifty year span, ranging from Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957 to The Go! Team in 2004. In addition to biographical background and a wealth of historical information about the genesis of the album, each essay looks back at the album and places it within multiple contexts, particularly the artist s career development. In this way, the book will be of as much interest to sociologists and historians as to culture critics and musicologists.
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              ISBN 9781138256989
              Released NZ 11 Nov 2016
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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              Play it Again: Cover Songs in Popular Music

              Play it Again: Cover Songs in Popular Music (Paperback)

              Edited by Plasketes, George

              • RRP: $104.00
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              Covering the musical practice of one artist recording or performing another composer's song has always been an attribute of popular music. In 2009, the internet database Second Hand Songs estimated that there are 40,000 songs with at least one cover version. Some of the more comm...on variations of this appropriationist method of musical quotation include traditional forms such as patriotic anthems, religious hymns such as Amazing Grace, Muzak's instrumental interpretations, Christmas classics, and children's songs. Novelty and comedy collections from parodists such as Weird Al Yankovic also align in the cover category, as does the larcenous art of sampling, and technological variations in dance remixes and mash-ups. Film and television soundtracks and advertisers increasingly rely on versions of familiar pop tunes to assist in marketing their narratives and products. The cover phenomenon in popular culture may be viewed as a postmodern manifestation in music as artists revisit, reinterpret and re-examine a significant cross section of musical styles, periods, genres, individual records, and other artists and their catalogues of works.The cover complex, with its multiple variations, issues, contexts, and re-contextualizations comprises an important and rich popular culture text. These re-recordings represent artifacts which embody artistic, social, cultural, historical, commercial, biographical, and novel meanings. Through homage, allusion, apprenticeship, and parody, among other modes, these diverse musical quotations express, preserve, and distribute popular culture, popular music and their intersecting historical narratives. Play it Again represents the first collection of critical perspectives on the many facets of cover songs in popular music.
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              ISBN 9781138250031
              Released NZ 9 Sep 2016
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles

              Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Plasketes, George

              • RRP: $66.99
              • $66.99
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              George Plasketes provides a comprehensive chronicle of Warren Zevon's 40-year, 20-record career and his enduring cultural significance. Throughout, Plasketes explores the musical, cinematic, and literary influences that shaped Zevon's distinctive style and songwriting themes.

              ISBN 9780810895560
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2017
              Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Tempo: A Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop, and Culture
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