Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (b. 1973) is famous around the world for his multi-faceted musical style, shown through both his recorded output and his engaging live performances. In this book, Katherine Williams combines aspects of his life story with scholarly readings drawn from several methodologies. Popular music studies, opera, queer studies, music and geography, the sound-box: all combine to give a rich biographical and interpretative overview of Wainwright's life and music.
Williams brings together close musical analysis with such varied disciplinary perspectives with a tone that is both in-depth and scholarly, and accessible. The book is a must-read for fans, students and scholars alike.
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Katherine Williams is Lecturer in Music at Plymouth University. She is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter, and the Singer-Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury Academic). Katherine is active as a saxophonist in the South-West of England.Review:
"Other writers and researchers might find inspiration in this book to examine further the music of Rufus Wainwright, a complex subject that invites both traditional and popular musicological perspectives." --Stephanie Bonjack, University of Colorado (Boulder), NOTES, June 2017
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