Microphone Fiends, a collection of original essays and interviews, brings together some of the best known scholars, critics, journalists and performers to focus on the contemporary scene. It includes theoretical discussions of musical history along with social commentaries about genres like disco, metal and rap music, and case histories of specific movements like the Riot Grrls, funk clubbing in Rio de Janeiro, and the British rave scene.
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Youth music is the most creative and contested location on the cultural landscape. It is a vehicle for generational moods and aspirations, a public refuge for fantasies outlawed in daily life, a testing ground for technical ingenuity, an enormously profitable commercial channel for main stream narratives of thought and behavior, and one of the corporate state's main theaters for national moral panic.About the Author:
Tricia Rose is Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at New York University. Andrew Ross is Director of the American Studies Program and Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University.
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