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[ecrea] book announcement--The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture

Mon Aug 24 20:23:02 GMT 2015

I hope some list members will be interested in this new book, an
international collection of 14 essays, including a photo-essay, plus 50+

George McKay, ed. 2015. /The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media,
Culture/. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781623569594

Further information at:


Woodstock is only the tip of the iceberg. Popular music festivals are
one of the strikingly successful and enduring features of seasonal
popular cultural consumption for young people and older generations of
enthusiasts. From pop and rock to folk, jazz and techno, under stars and
canvas, dancing in the streets and in the mud, the pleasures and
politics of the carnival since the 1950s are discussed in this
innovative and richly-illustrated international collection. Today’s
festivals range from the massive—such as Rosskilde or Glastonbury
Festival, Notting Hill Carnival or (until recently) Love Parade—to
local, small-scale or the recently-innovated ’boutique’ events. /The Pop
Festival/ brings scholarship in cultural studies, media studies,
musicology, sociology, and history together in one volume to explore the
music festival as a key event in the contemporary cultural landscape—and
one of major interest to young people as festival-goers themselves and
as students.

Introduction. George McKay

Chapter 1. ‘The pose … is a stance': popular music and the cultural
politics of festival in 1950s Britain. George McKay

Chapter 2. Out of sight: the mediation of the music festival. Mark Goodall

Chapter 3. ‘Let there be rock!’ Myth and ideology in the rock festivals
of the transatlantic counterculture. Nicholas Gebhardt

Chapter 4. ‘As real as real can get': race, representation, and rhetoric
at Wattstax, 1972. Gina Arnold

Chapter 5. The artist at the music festival: art, performance and
hybridity. Rebekka Kill

Chapter 6. Photo-essay: Free festivals, new travellers, and the free
party scene in Britain, 1981-1992. Alan Lodge

Chapter 7. Festival bodies: the corporeality of the contemporary music
festival scene in Australia. Joanne Cummings and Jacinta Herborn

Chapter 8. The Love Parade: European techno, the EDM festival, and the
tragedy in Duisburg. Sean Nye and Ronald Hitzler

Chapter 9. Protestival: global days of action and carnivalised politics
at the turn of the millennium. Graham St John

Chapter 10. Alternative playworlds: psytrance festivals, deep play and
creative zones of transcendence. Alice O’Grady

Chapter 11. No Spectators! The art of participation, from Burning Man to
boutique festivals in Britain. Roxanne Robinson

Chapter 12. Musicking in Motor City: reconfiguring urban space at the
Detroit Jazz Festival. Anne Dvinge

Chapter 13. Branding, sponsorship, and the music festival. Chris Anderton

Chapter 14. Everybody talk about pop music: Un-Convention as alternative
to festival, from DIY music to social change. Andrew Dubber


Ranging widely in time and space, from early 1950s British cultural
festivals through Love Parade and Burning Man, this original and
compelling book examines the music festival from a rich variety of
perspectives. /The Pop Festival/ is particularly good at tracing the
political, racial and musical contexts which have made festivals such
important moments in cultural life around the world. Woodstock is here,
and analyzed with great skill, but so are a wide range of other
festivals whose importance has been forgotten. This is nothing less than
an alternate history of popular music since the Second World War. —
*Professor **William Straw*, Department of Art History & Communication
Studies, McGill University, Canada


George McKay has brought together a lively, challenging, accessible and
eclectic collection of essays spanning diverse aspects of the pop music
festival: its history, politics, and cultural meaning; its muddy,
sweaty, dancing bodies; its mythology and racial tensions; the euphoric
(and sometimes tragic) crush of the crowd. I warmly recommend /The Pop
Festival/ to anyone interested in the politics of festivals across music
and media studies, cultural history and event management. — *Chris
Gibson*, Professor of Human Geography, University of Wollongong,
Australia, and co-author of /Music Festivals and Regional Development in


The festival has long been an essential facet of the popular music
experience. In this wonderful book, McKay assembles a series of
masterful essays that takes us on a thought-provoking journey through
the history, politics and aesthetic qualities of the pop festival. *Andy
Bennett*, Professor of Cultural Sociology, School of Humanities,
Griffith University, Australia

*Prof George McKay *
*AHRC Leadership Fellow, Connected Communities Programme*
*Film, Television & Media Studies (FTM)*
*University of East Anglia*
*Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK*
*tel +44 (0)779 1077 074; +44 (0)1603 592152*

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*/Shakin' All Over: Popular Music & Disability / (University of Michigan
Press, 2013)*
*ed., /The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture/ (Bloomsbury,
2015) *

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