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Music and Irish Identity : Celtic Tiger Blues (Hardcover) (Gerry Smyth)

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Music and Irish Identity represents the latest stage in a life-long project for Gerry Smyth, which focuses here on the ways in which music articulates and engages with aspects of Irish identity. The nature of popular music and the Irish identity it supposedly articulates have both undergone profound change: the first as a result of technological and wider industrial changes in the organisation and dissemination of music as seen with Youtube, Spotify, iTunes, and so on. The second cause has been as a consequence of Ireland’s spectacular fall from economic grace after the demise of the ’Celtic Tiger’, and the ensuing crisis of national identity. Smyth argues that if, as the stereotypical association would have it, the Irish have always been a musical race, then that association needs re-examination in the light of developments in relation to both cultural practice and political identity. Smyth contributes to that process of re-examination in the course of a series of related case studies which are both scholarly and accessible. Some of the principal ideas broached in the text include the (re-)establishment of music as a key object of Irish cultural studies; the theoretical limitations of traditional musicology; the development of new methodologies specifically designed to address the demands of Irish music in all its aspects; and the impact of economic austerity on musical negotiations of Irish identity. The book will be of seminal importance to all those interested in popular music studies and cultural studies as well as Irish Studies.
Number of Pages: 178
Genre: Music
Series Title: Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Gerry Smyth
Language: English
Street Date: November 9, 2016
TCIN: 51639320
UPC: 9781472442727
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-7565

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