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Title Popular music, stars and stardom / edited by Stephen Loy, Julie Rickwood and Samantha Bennett.

Published Acton, ACT, Australia : Australian National University Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 162 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Series Free online access: OAPEN.
Books at JSTOR Open Access
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents ch. 1. Popular Music, Stars and Stardom: Definitions, Discourses, Interpretations / Stephen Loy, Julie Rickwood and Samantha Bennett -- ch. 2. Interstellar Songwriting: What Propels a Song Beyond Escape Velocity? / Clive Harrison -- ch. 3. A Good Black Music Story? Black American Stars in Australian Musical Entertainment Before 'Jazz' / John Whiteoak -- ch. 4. 'You're Messin' Up My Mind': Why Judy Jacques Avoided the Path of the Pop Diva / Robin Ryan -- ch. 5. Wendy Saddington: Beyond an 'Underground Icon' / Julie Rickwood -- ch. 6. Unsung Heroes: Recreating the Ensemble Dynamic of Motown's Funk Brothers / Vincent Perry -- ch. 7. When Divas and Rock Stars Collide: Interpreting Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé's Barcelona / Eve Klein -- ch. 8. Intimacy, Authenticity and 'Worlding' in Beyoncé's Star Project / Phoebe Macrossan.
Summary "A popular fascination with fame and stardom has existed in Western culture since the late eighteenth century; a fascination that, in the twenty-first century, reaches into almost every facet of public life. The pervasive nature of stardom in modern society demands study from the perspectives of a range of distinct but thematically connected disciplines. The exploration of intersections between broader considerations of stardom and the discourses of popular music studies is the genesis for this volume. The chapters collected here demonstrate the variety of work currently being undertaken in stardom studies by scholars in Australia. The contributions range from biographical considerations of the stars of popular music, contributions to critical discourses of stardom in the industry more broadly, and the various ways in which the use of astronomical metaphors, in both cultural commentary and academic discourse, demonstrate notions of stardom firmly embedded in popular music thought. Not only do these chapters represent a range of perspectives on popular music, stars and stardom, they provide eloquent and innovative contributions to the developing discourse on stardom in popular music."
NOTES This edition © 2018 ANU Press. This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The full licence terms are available at,
Language notes English.
Other author Loy, Stephen, editor.
Rickwood, Julie, editor.
Bennett, Samantha (Music professor), editor.
Australian National University Press.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Beyoncé, 1981- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Saddington, Wendy, 1949-2013 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Jacques, Judy, 1944- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Caballé, Montserrat -- Criticism and interpretation.
Mercury, Freddie -- Criticism and interpretation.
Popular music -- Australia.
Rock music -- Australia.
Popular music -- Political aspects.
Popular music -- Social aspects.
Popular music -- History and criticism.
Fame -- Political aspects.
Minstrel music -- Australia -- History.
Women musicians.
Popular music.
Rock music.
popular culture.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781760462130 (electronic bk.)
1760462136 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.22459/PMSS.06.2018