But is it Garbage?: On Rock and Trash (Hardback)Steven L. Hamelman (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
Hamelman modulates, transitions, contrasts moods, shifts tones, and uses complementary colors like a classic double-album set. The closest parallel to existing work is not some other book on musicology, but perhaps London Calling by the Clash.--Allen Michie "Iowa State University "
In But Is It Garbage?, Hamelman brilliantly explains the centrality of the trash trope to rock music aesthetics. It's a significant new approach, and the author's rock 'n' roll sensibility will be refreshing not just to scholars of rock music and pop culture, but also to the serious fan.--Thomas Kitts "coeditor of Living on a Thin Line: Crossing Aesthetic Borders with the Kinks "
Like the music he celebrates, Steven Hamelman isn't afraid of wretched excess. His thirty-four explorations of rock 'n' roll as trash demand an answer: Why should we be embarrassed that we love this trash? A lesser writer would have tried to impress us with a sweeping theory of postmodern bricoleur, but Hamelman is content to call it as he hears it. We love rock 'n' roll because it embodies the broader culture of disposability. But we also love it because it allows us to cope with that culture. Although few readers will embrace everything that Hamelman says about rock 'n' roll, fewer will deny the insight and passion informing his readings of rock culture and of specific rock texts. Like Lester Bangs with a Ph.D., Hamelman is a unique voice in popular music studies. Chill some beer, crank some tunes, and start reading anywhere in this collection.--Theodore Gracyk "author of I Wanna Be Me: Rock Music and the Politics of Identity "
The range of music references is refreshingly wide. . . . It's also a rather romantic book.--Urban History
One of the most remarkable and original books about rock'n'roll and its place in society . . . published in recent years.--The Gazette: Newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association
[Hamelman] uses his harrowing muscle of musical knowledge to survey how trash is applied and embedded in rock music. . . . Hamelman keeps the boring academics in check and the writing alive, two things amiss with most similar treatments.--Andrew Earles "Magnet "