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The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter

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Katherine Williams, Justin A. Williams, David R. Shumway, Natasha Loges, Katy Hamilton, Mark Finch, Allan F. Moore, Simon Barber, Christa Bentley, Michael Borshuk, Tōru Mitsui, Josep Pedro, Jada Watson, Phil Allcock, Joshua S. Duchan, Timothy Koozin, Lori Burns, Alyssa Woods, Marc Lafrance, Madison Moore, Sarah Suhdolnik, Jo Collinson-Scott, Kevin Fellezs, Jennifer Taylor, Chris McDonald, Megan Berry, Sarah Boak, Mark Marrington, Marcus Aldredge, Rupert Till, Nick Braae, Franco Fabbri, Ioannis Tsioulakis, Lucy Bennett
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  • Date Published: December 2016
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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 tradition in the context of issues including authenticity, gender, queer studies, musical analysis, and performance. The contributors reveal how the tradition has been expressed around the world and throughout its history to the present day. Essential reading for enthusiasts, practitioners, students, and scholars, this book features case studies of a wide range of both well and lesser-known singer-songwriters, from Thomas d'Urfey through to Carole King and Kanye West.

    • Explains the development of the term singer-songwriter and its related musical idiom to reveal the history and origins of the genre
    • Offers a range of analytical frameworks for popular music studies and includes examples for students studying and analysing popular music
    • Discusses the singer-songwriter tradition around the world and its digital fan culture to situate the study of popular music in its social contexts
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    '… lead[s] the reader to analyse big themes in music: genre, race, gender, societal trends and industry machinations.' Jeanette Leach, Shindig!

    'There is emphasis on singer-songwriters from the LGBTQ community. Including detailed notes, this fascinating survey will have something for anyone interested in the topic.' R. D. Cohen, Choice

    'The editors are clear in their introduction that this companion is aimed both at readers who like and perform and engage with popular music and also at students and teachers and researchers involved with formal (and informal) study of popular music. By this token, implied themes such as gender and sexuality, race and politics emerge regularly throughout the work, and these are used to explain and illuminate the singing-songwriting creative act itself.' Stuart Hannabuss, Reference Reviews

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    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316496664
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 5 tables 32 music examples
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact eBooks.com for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Katherine Williams and Justin A. Williams
    Part I. Establishing a Tradition:
    1. The emergence of the singer-songwriter David R. Shumway
    2. Singer-songwriters of the German Lied Natasha Loges and Katy Hamilton
    3. Bill Monroe, bluegrass music, and the politics of authorship Mark Finch
    4. Singer-songwriters and the English folk tradition Allan F. Moore
    5. The Brill Building and the creative labour of the professional songwriter Simon Barber
    6. Forging the singer-songwriter at the Los Angeles Troubadour Christa Bentley
    7. The 'professional' singer-songwriter in the 1970s Michael Borshuk
    Part II. Individuals:
    8. Thomas D'Urfey Tōru Mitsui
    9. Leadbelly Josep Pedro
    10. Region and identity in Dolly Parton's songwriting Jada Watson
    11. Authorship and performance in the music of Elton John Phil Allcock
    12. Depicting the working class in the music of Billy Joel Joshua S. Duchan
    13. Musical gesture in the songs of Nick Drake Timothy Koozin
    14. Sampling and storytelling: Kanye West's vocal and sonic narratives Lori Burns, Alyssa Woods and Marc Lafrance
    15. James Blake, digital lion Madison Moore
    16. Outside voices and the construction of Adele's singer-songwriter persona Sarah Suhdolnik
    17. Joanna Newsom's 'Only Skin': authenticity, influence, and the relationship between 'new' and 'old weird America' Jo Collinson-Scott
    Part III. Men and Women:
    18. Gender, race, and the ma(s)king of 'Joni Mitchell' Kevin Fellezs
    19. Gender, genre, and diversity at Lilith Fair Jennifer Taylor
    20. Changing openness and tolerance towards LGBTQ singer-songwriters Katherine Williams
    21. Tori Amos as shaman Chris McDonald
    22. Gender identity, the queer gaze and female singer-songwriters Megan Berry
    23. The female singer-songwriter in the 1990s Sarah Boak
    Part IV. Frameworks and Methods:
    24. Reconciling theory and practice in the teaching of songwriting Mark Marrington
    25. Singer-songwriters and open mics Marcus Aldredge
    26. Singer-songwriter authenticity, the unconscious and emotions (feat. Adele's 'Someone Like You') Rupert Till
    Part V. Global Perspectives:
    27. Don McGlashan and local authenticity Nick Braae
    28. Italian Canzone d'autore and Greek Entecho tragoudi: a comparative overview Franco Fabbri and Ioannis Tsioulakis
    29. Singer-songwriters in the digital age Lucy Bennett.

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    Katherine Williams, University of Plymouth
    Katherine Williams is Lecturer in Music at the University of Plymouth. Her monograph Rufus Wainwright is forthcoming in 2016 and she has published in Jazz Perspectives, the Jazz Research Journal and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy. She was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation/Jazz Education Network Research Fellowship 2015 to conduct research on Duke Ellington. She is active as a saxophonist, and regularly works with contemporary composers to create and perform new music for saxophone and electronics.

    Justin A. Williams, University of Bristol
    Justin A. Williams is Lecturer in Music at the University of Bristol, author of Rhymin' and Stealin': Musical Borrowing in Hip-Hop (2013) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop (Cambridge, 2015). As a professional trumpet and piano player in California, he ran a successful jazz piano trio and played with the band Bucho!, who won a number of Sacramento Area Music Awards and were signed to two record labels.

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    Katherine Williams, Justin A. Williams, David R. Shumway, Natasha Loges, Katy Hamilton, Mark Finch, Allan F. Moore, Simon Barber, Christa Bentley, Michael Borshuk, Tōru Mitsui, Josep Pedro, Jada Watson, Phil Allcock, Joshua S. Duchan, Timothy Koozin, Lori Burns, Alyssa Woods, Marc Lafrance, Madison Moore, Sarah Suhdolnik, Jo Collinson-Scott, Kevin Fellezs, Jennifer Taylor, Chris McDonald, Megan Berry, Sarah Boak, Mark Marrington, Marcus Aldredge, Rupert Till, Nick Braae, Franco Fabbri, Ioannis Tsioulakis, Lucy Bennett

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