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.

Mondo Exotica

Author: Francesco Adinolfi
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ISBN: 9788806155360
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Mondo Exotica from the Author: Francesco Adinolfi. On popular music and popular culture in the 20th century.

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.

Popular Italian Cinema

Author: L. Bayman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137305657
Size: 56.96 MB
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Popular Italian Cinema from the Author: L. Bayman. Exciting new critical perspectives on popular Italian cinema including melodrama, poliziesco, the mondo film, the sex comedy, missionary cinema and the musical. The book interrogates the very meaning of popular cinema in Italy to give a sense of its complexity and specificity in Italian cinema, from early to contemporary cinema.

Brave New World

Author: Aldous Huxley
Publisher: RosettaBooks
ISBN: 9780795311253
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Brave New World from the Author: Aldous Huxley. Huxley's bleak future prophesized in Brave New World was a capitalist civilization which had been reconstituted through scientific and psychological engineering, a world in which people are genetically designed to be passive and useful to the ruling class. Satirical and disturbing, Brave New World is set some 600 years ahead, in "this year of stability, A.F. 632"--the A.F. standing for After Ford, meaning the godlike Henry Ford. "Community, Identity, Stability," is the motto. Reproduction is controlled through genetic engineering, and people are bred into a rigid class system. As they mature, they are conditioned to be happy with the roles that society has created for them. The rest of their lives are devoted to the pursuit of pleasure through sex, recreational sports, the getting and having of material possessions, and taking a drug called Soma. Concepts such as family, freedom, love, and culture are considered grotesque. Against this backdrop, a young man known as John the Savage is brought to London from the remote desert of New Mexico. What he sees in the new civilization a "brave new world" (quoting Shakespeare's The Tempest). However, ultimately, John challenges the basic premise of this society in an act that threatens and fascinates its citizens. Huxley uses his entire prowess to throw the idea of utopia into reverse, presenting us what is known as the "dystopian" novel. When Brave New World was written (1931), neither Hitler nor Stalin had risen to power. Huxley saw the enduring threat to society from the dark side of scientific and social progress, and mankind's increasing appetite for simple amusement. Brave New World is a work that indicts the idea of progress for progress sake and is backed up with force and reason.

The Chaco Meridian

Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780761991816
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The Chaco Meridian from the Author: Stephen H. Lekson. Describes ruins and their political and economic meaning

The Chaco Meridian

Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780761991816
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The Chaco Meridian from the Author: Stephen H. Lekson. Describes ruins and their political and economic meaning