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The Tango Machine: Musical Culture in the Age of Expediency - Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology (Hardback)
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The Tango Machine: Musical Culture in the Age of Expediency - Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 04/11/2016
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In Argentina, tango isn't just the national music it's a national brand. But ask any contemporary Argentine if they ever really listen to it and chances are the answer is no: tango hasn't been popular for more than fifty years. In this book, Morgan James Luker explores that odd paradox by tracing the many ways Argentina draws upon tango as a resource for a wide array of economic, social, and cultural that is to say, non-musical projects. In doing so, he illuminates new facets of all musical culture in an age of expediency when the value and meaning of the arts is less about the arts themselves and more about how they can be used. Luker traces the diverse and often contradictory ways tango is used in Argentina in activities ranging from state cultural policy-making to its export abroad as a cultural emblem, from the expanding nonprofit arts sector to tango-themed urban renewal projects. He shows how projects such as these are not peripheral to an otherwise "real" tango they are the absolutely central means by which the values of this musical culture are cultivated. By richly detailing the interdependence of aesthetic value and the regimes of cultural management, this book sheds light on core conceptual challenges facing critical music scholarship today.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226385402
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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On one level, The Tango Machine fills a surprising gap in the English-language literature, serving the need for an analytical yet accessible monograph on contemporary tango. Yet it does much more than this: it also treats tango as a case study of music as a multi-faceted cultural resource in the age of expediency, and its theorization of how music is used in Buenos Aires, the managerial regimes that organize it, and the multiplicity of values, contradictions, and synergies that it accrues, will shed light far beyond Argentina. --Geoffrey Baker, Royal Holloway, University of London"
"On one level, The Tango Machine fills a surprising gap in the English-language literature, serving the need for an analytical yet accessible monograph on contemporary tango. Yet it does much more than this: it also treats tango as a case study of music as a multi-faceted cultural resource in the 'age of expediency, ' and its theorization of how music is used in Buenos Aires, the 'managerial regimes' that organize it, and the multiplicity of values, contradictions, and synergies that it accrues, will shed light far beyond Argentina."--Geoffrey Baker, Royal Holloway, University of London

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