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Conventional Wisdom: The Content of Musical Form


""Conventional Wisdom" is a contribution to musicology of the first order. The field will have to reckon with it for years to come, for it will ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Interesting and approachable

by relham35 on Sep 22, 2007

This fantastic book by headline-making musicologist Susan McClary is the book form of a series of lectures that she delivered some years ago. Never afraid of a bit of controversy, McClary attempts to approach music history in a rather taboo, postmodern way. She parallels so-called "classical music" with the development of blues/r&b and attempts to legitimize contemporary and popular musics (including Public Enemy). She looks at the development of music in a way that academia tends to shy away from, and the results are quite refreshing. You may not agree with everything that she says, but then again, you may be sold. Either way you'll be glad you considered what she has to say. I recommend this book because it is incredibly thought provoking and a very easy to read. Unlike many of her colleagues, McClary doesn't need to use a cripplingly large (and verbose) vocabulary to make her points. A definite must read for anyone interested in music!!!

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