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Peter Gabriel, From Genesis to Growing Up (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series) [Hardcover]

Michael Drewett , Sarah Hill , Kimi Kärki


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1 Jan 2011 Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Ever since Peter Gabriel fronted Progressive Rock band Genesis, from the late 1960s until the mid 1970s, journalists and academics alike have noted the importance of Gabriel's contribution to popular music. His influence became especially significant when he embarked on a solo career in the late 1970s. Gabriel forced his way into the annals of popular music history through his poignant recordings, innovative music videos, groundbreaking live performances, the establishment of WOMAD (the World of Music and Dance) and the Real World record label (as a forum for musicians from around the world to be heard, recorded and promoted) and for his political agenda (including links to a variety of political initiatives including the Artists Against Apartheid Project, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Now tour). In addition, Gabriel is known as a sensitive, articulate and critical performer whose music is deeply informed by reading and research. This collection documents and critically explores the most central themes found in Gabriel's work. These are divided into three important conceptual areas arising from Gabriel's activity as a songwriter and recording artist, performer and activist: 'Identity and Representation', 'Politics and Power' and 'Production and Performance'.


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Dr Michael Drewett, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Rhodes University, South Africa, Dr Sarah Hill, Lecturer in Music, University of Southampton, UK and Kimi Karki, Research Fellow, Department of Cultural History, University of Turku, Finland.

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