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3.0 out of 5 stars Music and Politics, 26 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Music and Politics (PCPC - Polity Contemporary Political Communication Series) (Paperback)
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I have to agree with other reviewers here and say `Music and Politics' sounds like it should be a fascinating book exploring the relationship between the two topics, but sadly it missed the mark this time round.

Maybe it is because this is based on an assortment of articles and they don't seem to gel together in one book, or maybe it is due to the rather dry academic style of writing, but something is lacking. I like a non-fiction book to well researched and referenced, but I hate it when it is extensively referenced in the actual body of the text. For example it would say "quote" [Joe Bloggs, 65] and then the rest of the sentence. This really broke up the flow of the book and quickly frustrated me. I don't know why it couldn't have just been numbered to refer you to a sources section at the back of the book.

It also lacked some key musical/political events and key players that I was hoping to read more about. Instead, it used the same examples to make numerous points and whilst they were perfectly valid, it got quite tiresome.

By the third chapter I found this a slog and that is coming from someone who reads non-fiction, political and academic books extensively and I also run a music website. This struggled to keep my attention and I like both topics.

If you are willing to persevere with this book it does have some interesting ideas to offer, but I was relieved when I finished it and it isn't one I would to recommend in a hurry.

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