The Music Documentary Book published by Routledge


The University of Salford’s Drs. Ben Halligan and Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs (along with York St John University’s Dr Rob Edgar) co-edit this collection of essays on the music documentary — the first of its kind — which has been published today.

The collection arises in part on the Summer 2010 conference “Sights and Sounds: Investigating the Music Documentary” which was co-convened at Salford by Dr Halligan and the late Prof David Sanjek.

David’s paper for that conference, on documentaries at the end of the countercultural period, is included here, along with considerations of everything from Woodstock to White DiamondPink Floyd – Live at Pompeii to The Song Remains the Same, via extended sections on punk and post-punk, the conceptualisation of music videos then and now, the British concert film, considerations of teaching in the area of music documentary making, satire and the “rockumentary”, and the ways in which the music documentary form has been co-opted for promotion. The volume ends with a consideration of future directions for the genre.

For Table of Contents, see Routledge’s page for the book, here:

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Published by kirstyfairclough

Kirsty Fairclough is Reader in Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of Manchester Jazz Festival. She has published widely on popular culture and am the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (I.B Tauris) and co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave). Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and she has made several television and radio appearances. Kirsty has lectured internationally on popular culture, feminism and representations of women most notably at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, The University of Copenhagen, Second City, Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Middle Tennessee State University, Unisinos Brazil and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. She has significant experience in international partnership development, particularly in North America and developed the Salford Popular Culture Conference series with international partner universities, including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years, Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult Television: A Two Day International Conference (University of Salford, May 2015) and Mad Men: The Conference (Middle Tennessee State University, May 2016) and Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince, a three day international academic conference hosted by the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

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