Popular music on screen

By John Mundy

Popular music on screen

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-4029-0
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £13.99
  • Published Date: June 1999
  • BIC Category: Popular music, easy listening, The arts / Films, cinema, ART / Film & Video, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Music
  • Series: Music and Society


Popular Music on Screen examines the relationship between popular music and the screen, from the origins of the Hollywood musical to contemporary developments in music television and video. Through detailed examination of films, television programs and popular music, together with analysis of the economic, technological and cultural determinants of their production and consumption, the book argues that popular music has been increasingly influenced by its visual economy. Though engaging with the debates that surround postmodernism, the book suggests that what most characterizes the relationship between popular music and the screen is a strong sense of continuity, expressed through institutional structures, representational strategies and the ideology of "entertainment."

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