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Popular Music & Nostalgia

Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A special issue of Volume! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies

Edited by Hugh Dauncey (Newcastle University) & Christopher Tinker (Heriot-Watt University)

Version française ici : http://volume.revues.org/2912

Volume!, the French peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of popular music – seeks contributions for a special issue on nostalgia and popular music in a variety of national, international and transnational contexts.

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Death and the Rock Star

Posted: May 15th, 2012 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The recent untimely deaths of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, and the resurrection of Tupac Shakur for a performance at the Coachella music festival, have focused the media spotlight, yet again, on the relationship between rock, popular music and death. The ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ lifestyle has left many casualties in its wake. Over time, however, as the ranks of dead musicians have grown, so the types of death involved and the reactions to them have diversified. Conversely, as the artists who were at the forefront of the rock‘n’roll revolution of the 1950s and 1960s continue to age, the idea of dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse (which gave rise, for instance, to the myth of the ’27 Club’), no longer carries the same resonance that it once might have.

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The Afterlife of the Film Song: A One-Day Symposium

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The Victoria Rooms, Bristol
December 8th 2012
University of the West of England, Bristol

In association with The Soundtrack and intellect books

Abstracts are invited for twenty-minute papers to be given as part of a one-day symposium on the afterlife of film songs. Possible topics include:

  • film songs that have been re-used in later films, evoking the memory of the original, superimposing new layers of meaning, and/or introducing meanings that conflict with the song’s original associations
  • the licensing of film songs for use in conjunction with other screen media, e.g. computer games, television programmes and adverts
  • user-generated re-contextualisations of film songs, e.g. on YouTube
  • cover versions of film songs
  • film songs and karaoke
  • film-song spoofs
  • film songs and nostalgia
  • film songs and the ‘star text’
  • film songs in literature and music journalism
  • adaptations of film musicals for the stage.

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