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Playing for Change

Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements

Rob Rosenthal Richard Flacks Rob Rosenthal



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30 November 2010
Theory of music & musicology; Popular culture; Sociology; Social theory; Political science & theory; Political structure & processes; Pressure groups & lobbying
Although music is known to be part of the great social movements that have rocked the world, its specific contribution to political struggle has rarely been closely analyzed. Is it truly the 'lifeblood' of movements, as some have declared, or merely the entertainment between the speeches? Drawing on interviews, case studies and musical and lyrical analysis, Rosenthal and Flacks offer a brilliant analysis and a wide-ranging look at the use of music in movements, in the US and elsewhere, over the past hundred years. From their interviews, the voices of Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Tom Morello, Holly Near, and many others enliven this highly readable book.
By:   Rob Rosenthal, Richard Flacks, Rob Rosenthal
Imprint:   Paradigm
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9781594517884
ISBN 10:   1594517886
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   30 November 2010
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Rosenthal is Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. He has written widely on the use of music in social movements. Richard Flacks is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University of California-Santa Barbara. He is the author of Making History: The American Left and the American Mind and Beyond the Barricades.

Reviews for Playing for Change: Music and Musicians in the Service of Social Movements

A complex, theoretical analysis of music and social movements. Recommended. -- Choice

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