Mondo Exotica

Author: Francesco Adinolfi
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822389088
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Mondo Exotica from the Author: Francesco Adinolfi. Tiki torches, cocktails, la dolce vita, and the music that popularized them—Mondo Exotica offers a behind-the-scenes look at the sounds and obsessions of the Space Age and Cold War period as well as the renewed interest in them evident in contemporary music and design. The music journalist and radio host Francesco Adinolfi provides extraordinary detail about artists, songs, albums, and soundtracks, while also presenting an incisive analysis of the ethnic and cultural stereotypes embodied in exotica and related genres. In this encyclopedic account of films, books, TV programs, mixed drinks, and above all music, he balances a respect for exotica’s artistic innovations with a critical assessment of what its popularity says about postwar society in the United States and Europe, and what its revival implies today. Adinolfi interviewed a number of exotica greats, and Mondo Exotica incorporates material from his interviews with Martin Denny, Esquivel, the Italian film composers Piero Piccioni and Piero Umiliani, and others. It begins with an extended look at the postwar popularity of exotica in the United States. Adinolfi describes how American bachelors and suburbanites embraced the Polynesian god Tiki as a symbol of escape and sexual liberation; how Les Baxter’s album Ritual of the Savage (1951) ushered in the exotica music craze; and how Martin Denny’s Exotica built on that craze, hitting number one in 1957. Adinolfi chronicles the popularity of performers from Yma Sumac, “the Peruvian Nightingale,” to Esquivel, who was described by Variety as “the Mexican Duke Ellington,” to the chanteuses Eartha Kitt, Julie London, and Ann-Margret. He explores exotica’s many sub-genres, including mood music, crime jazz, and spy music. Turning to Italy, he reconstructs the postwar years of la dolce vita, explaining how budget spy films, spaghetti westerns, soft-core porn movies, and other genres demonstrated an attraction to the foreign. Mondo Exotica includes a discography of albums, compilations, and remixes.

Poe In Der Musik

Author: Gregor Herzfeld
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830979231
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Poe In Der Musik from the Author: Gregor Herzfeld. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) gilt nicht nur als der Vater der Horror-, Fantasy- und Kriminalliteratur, er war auch ein überaus musikaffiner Dichter, der zahlreiche Spuren in der Musikgeschichte hinterlassen hat. Bereits wenige Jahre nach seinem Tod begannen Komponisten, sich mit seinen Texten zu beschäftigen und die Faszination hält bis heute an. Die Bandbreite an Formen und Kontexten dieser Auseinandersetzung ist ausgesprochen groß: Sie reicht von populären Salonballaden des 19. Jahrhunderts über Sinfonische Dichtungen, Ballette und Opern der Jahrhundertwende bis hin zu aktuellen Musicals und Heavy-Metal-Alben. Dieser Versalität in der Allianz 'Poe und Musik' geht Gregor Herzfeld erstmals in umfassender und systematischer Weise nach. Dabei widmet sich seine Studie ebenso bekannten Stücken wie Sergej Rachmaninoffs Kantate Die Glocken oder dem Konzeptalbum Tales of Mystery and Imagination von The Alan Parsons Project, wie sie kaum bekannte, vergessene Kostbarkeiten zu Tage fördert. So gelingt es, immer neue Facetten des Wechselverhältnisses von Musik und Sprache in den Blick zu nehmen. Gregor Herzfeld (geb. 1975) studierte Musikwissenschaft und Philosophie in Heidelberg, wo er 2006 nach seinem Magisterabschluss mit der Studie Zeit als Prozess und Epiphanie in der experimentellen amerikanischen Musik. Charles Ives bis La Monte Young (erschienen als Beiheft 60 zum Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, Stuttgart 2007) promovierte. Im Ausland forschte er an der Yale University, der Johns Hopkins University und an der Paul Sacher Stiftung Basel. Stipendien erhielt er von der Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung und vom DAAD. 2012 erfolgte mit 'Poe in der Musik' die Habilitation im Fach Musikwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin, wo er derzeit als Privatdozent lehrt und forscht.

Mass Culture And Italian Society From Fascism To The Cold War

Author: David Forgacs
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253219485
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Mass Culture And Italian Society From Fascism To The Cold War from the Author: David Forgacs. From the 1930s to the 50s in Italy commercial cultural products were transformed by new reproductive technologies and ways of marketing and distribution, and the appetite for radio, films, music and magazines boomed. This book uses new evidence to explore possible continuities between the uses of mass culture before and after World War II.

Sleazoid Express

Author: Bill Landis
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN: 9780743215831
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Sleazoid Express from the Author: Bill Landis. Warning: Watch your wallets and stay out of the bathroom! In a bygone era, when Times Square was crammed with porn shops, gun stores, and drug pushers, disenfranchised moviegoers flocked to the grindhouses along 42nd Street. If the gore epics, women-in-prison films, and shockumentaries showcased within their mildewed walls didn't live up to their outrageous billing, the audience shouted, threw food, and even vandalized the theaters. For dedicated lovers of extreme cinema, buying a movie ticket on the Deuce meant putting your life on the line. Authors Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford came to know those grindhouses better than anyone else, and although the theaters were gone by the mid-1980s, the films remained. In Sleazoid Express, Landis and Clifford reproduce what no home video can -- the experience of watching an exploitation film in its original fight-for-your-life Deuce setting. Both a travelogue of the infamous grindhouses of yore and a comprehensive overview of the sleaze canon, Sleazoid Express offers detailed reviews of landmark exploitation classics and paints intimate portraits of directors whose notorious creations played the back end of triple bills for years on end. With wit, intelligence, and an unflinching eye, Landis and Clifford offer the definitive document of cinema's most intense and shocking moments as they came to life at a legendary place.

The Cult Of The Duce

Author: Stephen Gundle
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526101432
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The Cult Of The Duce from the Author: Stephen Gundle. The cult of the Duce is the first book to explore systematically the personality cult of Benito Mussolini. It examines practices that began before Mussolini's rise to power and which multiplied as Fascism consolidated its support among the Italian population. By approaching the subject from many different angles, including those of the visual arts and the media as well as social and political history, this book makes a decisive contribution to the understanding of Fascism and modern leadership. The conviction that Mussolini was an exceptional individual first became dogma among Fascists and then was communicated to the people at large. Intellectuals and artists helped fashion the idea of the Duce as a new Caesar while the modern media of press, photography, cinema and radio aggrandised his every public act. Mussolini's image was ubiquitous and varied; he adopted the guises of bourgeois politician, man of culture, sportsman, family man and warrior as he appealed to different audiences. The book explores in detail many manifestations of the cult and the way in which Italians experienced it. It also considers its controversial resonances in the postwar period. The founder of Fascism was the prototype dictator of the twentieth century. As such his cult is a crucial topic in the study of a century that produced many examples of dictators, some of them explicitly modelling themselves on Mussolini. Academics and students with interests in Italian and European history and politics will find the volume indispensable to an understanding of the modern era. Among the contributions is an Afterword by Mussolini's leading biographer, R.J.B. Bosworth.

Ruins Of Modernity

Author: Julia Hell
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822390744
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Ruins Of Modernity from the Author: Julia Hell. Images of ruins may represent the raw realities created by bombs, natural disasters, or factory closings, but the way we see and understand ruins is not raw or unmediated. Rather, looking at ruins, writing about them, and representing them are acts framed by a long tradition. This unique interdisciplinary collection traces discourses about and representations of ruins from a richly contextualized perspective. In the introduction, Julia Hell and Andreas Schönle discuss how European modernity emerged partly through a confrontation with the ruins of the premodern past. Several contributors discuss ideas about ruins developed by philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Georg Simmel, and Walter Benjamin. One contributor examines how W. G. Sebald’s novel The Rings of Saturn betrays the ruins erased or forgotten in the Hegelian philosophy of history. Another analyzes the repressed specter of being bombed out of existence that underpins post-Second World War modernist architecture, especially Le Corbusier’s plans for Paris. Still another compares the ways that formerly dominant white populations relate to urban-industrial ruins in Detroit and to colonial ruins in Namibia. Other topics include atomic ruins at a Nevada test site, the connection between the cinema and ruins, the various narratives that have accrued around the Inca ruin of Vilcashuamán, Tolstoy’s response in War and Peace to the destruction of Moscow in the fire of 1812, the Nazis’ obsession with imperial ruins, and the emergence in Mumbai of a new “kinetic city” on what some might consider the ruins of a modernist city. By focusing on the concept of ruin, this collection sheds new light on modernity and its vast ramifications and complexities. Contributors. Kerstin Barndt, Jon Beasley-Murray, Russell A. Berman, Jonathan Bolton, Svetlana Boym, Amir Eshel, Julia Hell, Daniel Herwitz, Andreas Huyssen, Rahul Mehrotra, Johannes von Moltke, Vladimir Paperny, Helen Petrovsky, Todd Presner, Helmut Puff, Alexander Regier, Eric Rentschler, Lucia Saks, Andreas Schönle, Tatiana Smoliarova, George Steinmetz, Jonathan Veitch, Gustavo Verdesio, Anthony Vidler

Elevator Music

Author: Joseph Lanza
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472089420
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Elevator Music from the Author: Joseph Lanza. It's campy, it's cool, empty, intrusive, trite, and treacly. It's Big Brother singing. Call it what you will -- elevator music, Moodsong ® easy listening, or Muzak ®. For a musical genre that was supposed to offend no one, it has a lot of enemies. Musical cognoscenti decry its insipid content; regular folk -- if they notice -- bemoan its pervasiveness; while hipsters and campsters celebrate its retro chic. Mindful of the many voices, Joseph Lanza's Elevator Music sings seriously, with tongue in cheek, the praises of this venerable American institution. Lanza addresses the criticisms of elites who say that Muzak and its ilk are dehumanized, vapid, or cheesy. These reactions, he argues, are based more on cultural prejudices than honest musical appraisal. Says Lanza, today's so-called mood music is the inheritor of a long tradition of mood-altering music stretching back to the ancients; Nero's fiddle and the sirens of Odysseus being two famous examples. Contemporary atmospheric music, Lanza argues, not only serves the same purpose, it is also the inevitable background for our media-dominated age. One of Lanza's premises, to quote Mark Twain, is that this music is "better than it sounds." "This book will have succeeded in its purpose," he writes, "if I can help efface...the distinction between one person's elevator music and another's prized recording." Joseph Lanza is an author, producer, and music historian. His most recent book is Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique.

There S A Hula Girl On My Dashboard How I Left Faith Behind And Embraced Life

Author: Logospilgrim
ISBN: 1329002504
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There S A Hula Girl On My Dashboard How I Left Faith Behind And Embraced Life from the Author: Logospilgrim. "I didn't need to be redeemed from any unacceptable state. I didn't suffer from any metaphysical disease. I was a living, mortal, fragile, complex sentient being, and that was fine. I could make my own decisions. I could think for myself. I had my own voice." In There's a Hula Girl on my Dashboard: How I Left Faith Behind and Embraced Life, writer, lecturer, and maverick Logospilgrim candidly shares the remarkable and passionate journey that took her from religious belief to secular humanism.

The Chaco Meridian

Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759117373
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The Chaco Meridian from the Author: Stephen H. Lekson. Lekson's ground-breaking synthesis of 500 years of Southwestern prehistory—with its explanation of phenomena as diverse as the Great North Road, macaw feathers, Pueblo mythology, and the rise of kachina ceremonies—will be of great interest to all those concerned with the prehistory and history of the American Southwest.

Immoral Tales

Author: Cathal Tohill
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312135195
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Immoral Tales from the Author: Cathal Tohill. During the 1960s abd '70s, the European horror film went totally crazy. It began to go kinky--creating a new type of cinema that blended eroticism and terror. Immoral Tales illuminates an entire world of sexy, gory, arty and sleazy films that are only now gaining recognition in the U.S. Photos, many in color.