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Music and Socialism since 1917

Posted: November 8th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Conference supported by the Institute of Musical Research
7-8 July 2017Department of Music, University of Nottingham

Keynote: Eric Drott (University of Texas at Austin): ‘Music and Socialism: Past, Present and Future’
Convenor: Danijela Špirić-Beard (IMR Early Career Fellow, Royal Holloway)

Conference committee: Robert Adlington (University of Nottingham), Pauline Fairclough (University of Bristol), Elaine Kelly (The University of Edinburgh) and John Street (University of East Anglia)

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Journal of Popular Music Education

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Special issue on Hip-hop

Hip-hop is a highly marketized, global cultural phenomenon, also experienced and created in local, regional underground scenes. It is individual, tribal, subcultural, marginal and mainstream. Hip-hip is cliché and iconoclast, rebellion and conformity. It is characterized by aspirations to individual wealth, as well as embodying and embracing movements for democracy and emancipation. It is about lyrics and beats, ‘brain and booty’, defamation, reclamation, provocation, subjugation and emancipation. It is masculine, homophobic, misogynistic and sexualized. It objectifies, reifies and empowers. The music is frequently highly dependent on technology, yet requires nothing but a human beat-box and articulate speech to succeed. It is music of the streets and the studio. Hip-hop is truly a world music.

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