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White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Indie Guitar Rock By Matthew Bannister,

  • Title: White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Indie Guitar Rock
  • Author: Matthew Bannister
  • ISBN: 9780754651888
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To what extent do indie masculinities challenge the historical construction of rock music as patriarchal This key question is addressed by Matthew Bannister, involving an in depth examination of indie guitar rock in the 1980s as the culturally and historically specific production of white men Through textual analysis of musical and critical discourses, Bannister providesTo what extent do indie masculinities challenge the historical construction of rock music as patriarchal This key question is addressed by Matthew Bannister, involving an in depth examination of indie guitar rock in the 1980s as the culturally and historically specific production of white men Through textual analysis of musical and critical discourses, Bannister provides the first book length study of masculinity and ethnicity within the context of indie guitar music within US, UK and New Zealand scenes Bannister argues that past theorisations of rock masculinities have tended to set up varieties of working class deviance and physical machismo as straw men , oversimplifying masculinities as men behaving badly Such approaches disavow the ways that masculine power is articulated in culture not only through representation but also intellectual and theoretical discourse how masculine power can be rearticulated through high, avant garde, bohemian culture and aesthetic theory canonism, negation Adorno , passivity, voyeurism and camp Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground , and primitivism and infantilism Lester Bangs, Simon Reynolds In a related vein, he also assesses the impact of Freud on cultural theory, arguing that reversing binary conceptions of gender by associating masculinities with an essentialised passive femininity perpetuates patriarchal dualism Drawing on his own experience as an indie musician, Bannister surveys a range of indie artists, including the Smiths, the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and the Go Betweens from the US, R.E.M the Replacements, Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du, Nirvana and hardcore and from NZ, Flying Nun acts, including the Chills, the Clean, the Verlaines, Chris Knox, Bailter Space, and the Bats, demonstrating broad continuities between these apparently disparate scenes, in terms of gender, aesthetic theory and approaches to popular musical history is studied in popular culture and the degree to which alternative cultures can critique dominant representations of gender.
    White Boys White Noise Masculinities and s Indie Guitar Rock To what extent do indie masculinities challenge the historical construction of rock music as patriarchal This key question is addressed by Matthew Bannister involving an in depth examination of indie

    One thought on “White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Indie Guitar Rock”

    1. Bannister convincingly argues that 1980s indie guitar rock and its sensitive, sweater wearing nice guys deal in a less obvious, passive aggressive type of hegemonic, toxic masculinity than their obnoxiously macho forebears, one that reproduces and perpetuates rock s sexist and racist status quo through new technologies and information systems This thesis seems solid, despite Bannister s apparent inability to get facts straight on bands he personally isn t into i.e screwing up the name of Black [...]

    2. i came across this as i was researching stuff for a paper i m writing turns out it didn t really fit the topic of my paper but i ended up wasting a few hours reading it anyway s a good and quick read if you re into this sort of stuff.

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