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Situating the 1960s: popular music - postmodernism - history

Gloag, Kenneth 2001. Situating the 1960s: popular music - postmodernism - history. Rethinking History 5 (3) , pp. 397-410. 10.1080/1364250110078514

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This paper revisits Fredric Jameson's writing on postmodernism and 'periodizing the 1960s' in order to begin to construct a historical framework for popular music of the 1960s, using reference to the Beatles as a case study. As part of this construction, reference is also made to Foucault and the episteme. The central claim is that popular music of the 1960s featured a shift from a common musical language to a more pluralized, differentiated stylistic identity. This shift is seen to mirror the move to a postmodern cultural and critical condition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1364 2529
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 03:00

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