The Dark Side of the Tune: Relocating the Crossroads in American Popular Music, 1930-1970

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Whether articulated in secular or religious terms, whether linked to racial, sexual or cultural concerns, associations between evil and popular music have been common in the United States. This chapter identifies and explores some of the most abiding associative patterns and archetypes.
Focusing in particular on the years between the mid-1950s and the late-1960s, and on the growing prominence of Los Angeles in the commercial music industry, it discusses invocations and ascriptions of evil in relation to music that has associated itself with notions of transcendence and ecstasy, of the spiritual and the unconscious, of the irrational, the erotic and the absolute.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA History of Evil in Popular Culture : What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King, and Vampires Reveal About America
EditorsSharon Packer, Jody Pennington
Number of pages12
Place of publicationSanta Barbara
Publication year2014
ISBN (print)978-0-313-39770-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-313-39771-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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