The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen
Shumway investigates the rock star as a particular kind of cultural construction, different from mere celebrity. After the golden age of moviemaking, media exposure allowed rock stars more political sway than Hollywood's studio stars, and rock stars gradually replaced movie stars as key cultural heroes. Because of changes in American society and the media industries, rock stars have become much more explicitly political figures than were the stars of Hollywood's studio era. Rock stars, moreover, are icons of change, though not always progressive, whose public personas read like texts produced collaboratively by the performers themselves, their managers, and record companies. These stars thrive in a variety of media, including recorded music, concert performance, dress, staging, cover art, films, television, video, print, and others.
Filled with memorable photographs, Rock Star will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history.
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"Will appeal to anyone interested in modern American popular culture or music history."—Marshal Zerigue, New Books
"Rock Star: The Making of Musical Icons from Elvis to Springsteen . . . will appeal both to music readers and college-level audiences who follow social and cultural trends. This makes for a much wider-ranging survey than your typical music book can offer."—Midwest Book Review
"A minor masterpiece . . . Clear, stimulating prose."—The Journal of American History
"[Kurt Cobain] marked something like the end point of rock stardom, the point when even actual rock stars rejected the role . . . Which may be fortunate, since it seems to be disappearing anyway, as Shumway argues in this smart, provocative, and emotionally charged book. I'd hate for that to be true, but in the worlds of media and culture we're in the grips of changes as profound as any since the invention of the printing press. In that enormous context, the loss of rock stardom may seem trivial. But, as the old prerock era Gershwin song says, not for me."—from the foreword by Anthony DeCurtis
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