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Title: From Top of the Pops to Woodstock : mediatizations of rock music liveness, 1967-1973
Author: Plowman, Alexander
ISNI:       0000 0004 6059 9190
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis identifies the emerging conventions of rock music liveness in the late-1960s and early-1970s, and discusses them across media (records, film and television), to argue that these modes of representation were informed by key changes in rock music culture of the period. Using a cross-media, historical approach, supported by textual and contextual analysis, the thesis aims to move beyond discussions of liveness as myth, focusing instead on the ways in which it is constructed. To this end, the work analyses how producers navigated these attitude shifts and negotiated the specificities of each medium to convey liveness in a way that appealed to both rock fans and music critics. The work moreover identifies how this process established conventions of representing rock music liveness that continue to this day. The thesis is structured in four chapters. The first of these identifies the key shifts in rock music culture (and associated liveness) in the late-1960s, setting the scene for the next three chapters, which detail how these shifts were articulated in different media. Through this approach, the thesis provides a comprehensive view of the meanings of liveness in rock music cultures, highlighting its historical and contemporaneous centrality and thus adding to debates around popular music and liveness.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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