More Than Bollywood: Studies in Indian Popular Music

ISBN : 9780199928859

Gregory D. Booth; Bradley Shope
384 Pages
157 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2013
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This is the first book to tackle the diverse styles and multiple histories of popular musics in India. It brings together fourteen of the world's leading scholars on Indian popular music to contribute chapters on a range of topics from the classic songs of Bollywood to contemporary remixes, summarized by a reflective afterword by popular music scholar Timothy Taylor. The chapters in this volume address the impact of media and technology on contemporary music, the variety of industrial developments and contexts for Indian popular music, and historical trends in popular music development both before and after the Indian Independence in 1947. The book identifies new ways of engaging popular music in India beyond the Bollywood musical canon, and offers several case studies of local and regional styles of music. The contributors address the subcontinent's historical relationships with colonialism, the transnational market economies, local governmental factors, international conventions, and a host of other circumstances to shed light on the development of popular music throughout India. To illustrate each chapter author's points, and to make available music not easily accessible in North America, the book features an Oxford web music companion website of audio and video tracks.


List of Contributors
List of Figures
List of Companion Media
Introduction - Popular Music in India - Gregory D. Booth and Bradley Shope
Part One: Perspectives on Film Song
1. A Moment of Historical Conjuncture in Mumbai: Playback Singers, Music Directors, and Arrangers and the Creation of Hindi Song (1948-1952) - Gregory D. Booth
2. Global Masala: Digital Identities and Aesthetic Trajectories in Post-Liberalized Indian Film Music - Natalie Sarrazin
3. Kollywood Goes Global: New Sounds and Contexts for Tamil Film Music in the Twenty-First Century - Joseph Getter
4. On Nightingales and Moonlight: Songcrafting Femininity in Malluwood - Kaley Mason
Part 2: Audio Cultures, Music Videos, and Film Music
5. Film Song and Its Other: Tracing the Boundaries of Indian Music Genres - Jayson Beaster-Jones
6. Play it Again, Saraswathi: Gramophone, Religion, and Devotional Music in Colonial South India - Stephen Putnam Hughes
7. Filming the Bhangra Music Video - Anjali Gera Roy
8. Mimesis and Authenticity: The Case of "Thanda Thanda Pani" and Questions of Versioning in North Indian Popular Music - Peter Kvetko
9. Making Music Regional in a Delhi Studio - Stefan Fiol
Part 3: Live Music, Performance Cultures, and Re-mediation
10. Latin American Music in Moving Pictures and Jazzy Cabarets in Mumbai, 1930s to 1950s - Bradley Shope
11. The Beat Comes to India: The Incorporation Rock Music into the Indian Soundscape - Gregory D. Booth
12. "Be True to Yourself": Violin Ganesh, Fusion, and Contradictions in Contemporary Urban India - Niko Higgins
13. At Home in the Studio: The Sound of Manganiyar Music Going Popular - Shalini Ayyagari
14. The Liveness-es of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's Popular Abhangas - Anna Schultz
15. Bollywood in the Era of Filmsong Avatars: DJing, Remixing, and Change in the Film Music Industry of North India - Paul Greene
Afterword: Capitalisms and Cosmopolitanisms - Timothy D. Taylor
Films and Music Cited

About the author: 

GREGORY D. BOOTH is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland and has been engaged in the study of Indian music and culture for more than thirty years. He is the author of two books: Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios (OUP 2008) and Brass Baja: Stories from the World of Indian Wedding Bands (OUP 2005). BRADLEY SHOPE is an Assistant Professor of Music at Texas A & M in Corpus Christi and holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. His research interests include the history of western popular music in India and the musical life of the British Raj in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has been especially interested in jazz in India from the 1920s to the 1940s and its intersection with early Hindi film music.

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