• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Spirit and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago (Paperback)
  • Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Spirit and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago (Paperback)
zoom

Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Spirit and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago (Paperback)

(author)
£23.99
Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 29/11/2007
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
A symbol of Trinidadian culture, the steelband has made an extraordinary transformation since its origins-from junk metal to steel orchestra, and from disparaged underclass pastime to Trinidad and Tobago's national instrument. Now, Shannon Dudley gives the first discerning look at the musical thinking that ignited this transformation, and the way it articulates with Afro-Trinidadian tradition, carnival, colonial authority, and nationalist politics. Music from behind the Bridge tells the story of the steelband from the point of view of musicians who overcame disadvantages of poverty and prejudice with their extraordinary ambition. Literally referring to the poor neighborhoods nestled in the hills bordering Port of Spain to the East, "Behind the Bridge" is also a metaphor for conditions of social disadvantage and cultural resistance that shaped the steelband movement in the various Afro-Trinidadian communities where it first took root. The book further explores the implications of the steelband's "nationalization" in post-independence Trinidad and Tobago, and contemporary steelband musicians' preoccupation with the formally adjudicated annual Panorama competition. In discussing the intersection of musical thinking, festivity, and politics, this book connects important questions about the history of the steelband to general questions about the relation between popular culture and nationalism.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195321234
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Finally, a work that brings the sophisticated musical sensibilities of steelbands to the centre and investigates the powerful hold that competition has over steelband aesthetics! Dudley's book is an insightful romp through the world of pan from the yards to the Savannah, but his ear is keenly tuned to the arrangements, style, and, most generally, sound of pan ensembles. This is an important book about creativity and passion for music in a developing, postcolonial nation." -Gage Averill, Dean of Music, University of Toronto
"Dr. Dudley's Music from behind the Bridge is an elegant study of Trinidad's steel pan, the best written thus far. In this book, Dr. Dudley demonstrates a rare understanding of, and much respect for, the West Indies in general and Trinidad in particular. Readers of Music from behind the Bridge will learn not only about the emergence and evolution of the steel pan as a musical instrument, but will also grasp the social and political significance of steel bands and of the music they play. Dr. Dudley writes beautifully about peoples, situations and events that liken Trinidad to other Caribbean countries/nations. Music from behind the Bridge fosters a unique understanding of music in Caribbean societies, not just in Trinidad. A masterpiece." -Dominique Cyrille, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Lehman College (CUNY)
"Shannon Dudley reveals to us in new ways the human depth and sonic richness of Trinidad and Tobago's steelband tradition. His study does much more than show how a vernacular music became a critical part of a nation-building project based on ideas of modernist reform in a postcolonial setting; it presents a beautifully balanced picture of the tensions inhering in this process. Tacking between "elite" and "folk" perspectives and aesthetics, giving equal time to ideologies and values inherited from the past and the nuanced musical thinking of individual performers and arrangers creating in the present, Dudley triumphs over the reductionist tendencies that often hamper discussions of the relationship between music and politics. Through it all, the artistry and sheer creative energy of the practitioners of pan shine through." - Kenneth Bilby, Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago

You may also be interested in...

The Leonard Bernstein Letters
Added to basket
Cole Porter Platinum Collection
Added to basket
Rip it Up and Start Again
Added to basket
Silence
Added to basket
£15.95
Paperback
Piano Music, 1888-1905
Added to basket
The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev
Added to basket
The Last Party
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Rest is Noise
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
Writings on Music,
Added to basket
£21.49
Paperback
Benjamin Britten
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Britten in Pictures
Added to basket
£19.99
Paperback
Sviatoslav Richter
Added to basket
Francis Poulenc
Added to basket
£9.95
Paperback
Benjamin Britten
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Claude Debussy
Added to basket
£12.95
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.