An overambitious choice for a holiday read,
This review is from: Music and Politics (PCPC - Polity Contemporary Political Communication Series) (Paperback)
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Any negative element in my experience of this book will be due will be my lack of appreciation of how academic this book is. I haven't studied politics, but this sounded interesting so I chose it as a holiday read. I did enjoy it as it is relatively accessible, but it was not quite what I was expecting. Reluctantly, I have dropped a star as I didn't actually understand about 10% of it (read the words but the concepts didn't quite click).
There is a lot of `meat' in Music & Politics, and it talks about: overt political control of music; how musicians come to represent people; how people participate and interact with music; how music helps make/shape history; the dynamics of the big music prizes; music as a way of experiencing political movements. There is also quite a bit about how we evaluate music, which got a bit philosophical and slightly beyond my comfort zone (this was most of the 10% I couldn't quite process).
The big thing I took away from this book was the sense that music and politics are basic human attributes, so we shouldn't be too surprised that both deeply effect the other. It also reminded me that music isn't just another form of communication, there is a bit of magic about some of it that works on a different, deeper, level.
On reflection, I think I'd expected more reference to protest music and songs hi-jacked by advertisements etc. While there was some reference this wasn't the main thrust.
...and I'm certainly not prepared to admit that Bruce Springsteen on the cover swayed my choice. Oh whoops, I've said it!