On the Social Uses and Social Control of Music

Music and Manipulation: On the Social Uses and Social Control of Music

Music and manipulation; on the social uses and social control of music.

Ed. by Steven Brown and Ulrik Volgsten.

Berghahn Books

2006

376 pages

$27.95

Paperback

ML3916

Brown (cognitive neuroscience, Simon Fraser U., Canada) and Volgsten (culture, aesthetics, and media, Goteborg U., Sweden) assemble 13 essays that investigate the influence of music on people, how it is used and controlled in performances or rituals, business settings, in film, television, commercials, and music videos, and background music. They address music as a part of discourse, government and industrial control, censorship, its use in Nazi concentration camps, the music industry, copyright, and the reuse of music. The essays originated in a conference on the sociology of music at the National Palace (Nalen) in Stockholm, Sweden. Contributors are from Europe, the US, and Canada in fields ranging from psychology and sociology to musicology and music education.

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