Bollywood Sounds focuses on the songs of Indian films in their historical, social, commercial, and cinematic contexts. Author Jayson Beaster-Jones takes readers through the highly collaborative compositional process, highlighting the contributions of film directors, music directors (composers), lyricists, musicians, and singers in song production. Through close musical and multimedia analysis of more than twenty landmark compositions, Bollywood Sounds illustrates how the producers of Indian film songs have long mediated a variety of musical styles, instruments, and performance practices to create a uniquely cosmopolitan music genre. As an exploration of the music of seventy years of Hindi films, Bollywood Sounds provides long-term historical insights into film songs and their musical and cinematic conventions in ways that will appeal both to scholars and to newcomers to Indian cinema.
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Jayson Beaster-Jones is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, Merced.
"Bollywood Sounds is an exciting addition to the literature on Hindi film song. Beaster-Jones deftly weaves together song analysis, biography, and socio-political context to provide insights about meaning and style on every page." --Anna Schultz, Stanford University
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