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Defining the Discographic Self: Desert Island Discs in Context

ISBN : 9780197266175

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¥14,608
Author: 
Julie Brown
Pages
400 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
164 x 243 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
Series
Proceedings of the British Academy
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Desert Island Discs has run on BBC radio since 1942 and its archive is now accessible. This book is the first to assess the programme from a scholarly perspective. Chapters by musicologists, sociologists, and media scholars are complemented by personal spins by 'castaways', who reflect on talking publicly about the role of music in their lives.

Index: 

Philip Bohlman: Preface; 1 Julie Brown, Nicholas Cook, and Stephen Cottrell: Introduction; Personal Spin A: Lemn Sissay (11 October 2015); Desert Island Discs in Historical Perspective; 2 Will Straw: The Cultural Baggage of the Desert Island; 3 Jenny Doctor: From Forces' Choice to Desert Island Discs: The BBC's Promotion of Personal Choice in Wartime; 4 Kyle Devine: Desert Island Discomorphoses: Listening Formations and the Material Cultures of Music; Personal Spin B: Derek Drescher (producer Desert Island Discs 1976-85); Personal Spin C: Anthony Wall (director of Arena: Desert Island Discs, 1982); Cultural Ideologies and the Politics of Sound; 5 Jo Littler: Adrift or Ashore? Desert Island Discs and Celebrity Culture; 6 Andrew Blake: Playlists and Prizes: Cultural Authority, Personal Taste, and Musical Value since the 1940s; 7 Simon Frith: What Does It Mean to Be Cultured? Desert Island Discs as an Ideological Archive; Personal Spin D: Uta Frith (castaway 24 February 2013); Personal Spin E: Angie Hobbs (castaway 1 February 2015); Desert Island Discs and British Identities; 8 David Hendy: Desert Island Discs and British Emotional Life; 9 Peter Webb: Punk, class, and taste in Desert Island Discs; 10 Sarah Hill: Peripheral Identities on Desert Island Discs and Beti a'I Phobol; Personal Spin F: Mary Beard (31 January 2010); Personal Spin G: Nick Hornby (28 September 2003); Narrativising and Caring for the Self; 11 Tia DeNora: Music and Narrative Selves in Desert Island Discs; 12 Julie Brown: Desert Island Dislocation: Emotion, Nostalgia, and the Utility of Music; 13 Stephen Cottrell: Musicianly Lives Musically Told: Oral History, Classical Music, and Desert Island Discs; Personal Spin H: Debbie Wiseman (castaway 19 October 2014); Personal Spin I: Steven Isserlis (castaway 2 December 2007); Personal Spin J: Gavin Bryars (castaway 5 April 1998); 14 Nicholas Cook: Afterword: Playing the Discographic Self

About the author: 

Julie Brown is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London ; Nicholas Cook is 1684 Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy ; Stephen Cottrell is Professor of Music at City, University of London

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