9781628921182

The Late Voice Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-10-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Popular music artists, as performers in the public eye, offer a privileged site for the witnessing and analysis of ageing and its mediation. The Late Voice will undertake such an analysis by considering issues of time, memory, innocence and experience in modern Anglophone popular song and the use by singers and songwriters of a 'late voice'. Lateness here refers to five primary issues: chronology (the stage in an artist's career); the vocal act (the ability to convincingly portray experience); afterlife (posthumous careers made possible by recorded sound); retrospection (how voices 'look back' or anticipate looking back); and the writing of age, experience, lateness and loss into song texts.

There has been recent growth in research on ageing and the experience of later stages of life, focussing on physical health, lifestyle and psychology, with work in the latter field intersecting with the field of memory studies. The Late Voice seeks to connect age, experience and lateness with particular performers and performance traditions via the identification and analysis of a late voice in singers and songwriters of mid-late twentieth century popular music.

Author Biography

Richard Elliott is Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Sussex. He is the author of the books Fado and the Place of Longing (2010) and Nina Simone (2013).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. First Chapter: Won't You Pass Me Over For Another Year?: Age and Death in Old-Time Music
3. Second Chapter: September of My Years: Male Mastery, Middle Age and the Space Age
4. Third Chapter: Time Out of Mind: Older Then, Younger Now, Old Again
5. Fourth Chapter: Dead Voices: Phonography and Archaeology
6. Fifth Chapter: Desperadoes Waiting for a Train: Age and Experience in Country Music
7. Sixth Chapter: Before I Get Old: The Rock Event and its Aftermath
8. Seventh Chapter: For the Rest of Time and a Day: British Folk / Rock
9. Eighth Chapter: Both Sides Now: The Innocence and Experience of the Singer-Songwriter
10. Ninth Chapter: What is This Thing Called Time?: Lateness as Anticipated Experience
11. Tenth Chapter: I'm New Here: Oldness as the New New
Bibliography
Discography
Index

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