This Is Pop : In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project
Eric WeisbardISBN: 0674013441; 9780674013445;
Book DescriptionAbout the vast and diverse topic of pop music, scholars and critics, journalists and musicians have much to say, but rarely to each other. A crossover venture begun at Seattle's Experience Music Project, this book captures the academic and the critical, the musical and the literary in an impromptu dialogue that suggests the breadth and vitality of pop inquiry today. Robert Christgau and Gary Giddins, pivotal critics, encounter Simon Frith and Robert Walser, pioneers inthe study of popular music. Musicians Carrie Brownstein and Sarah Dougher, both active in the riot grrl scene of the Pacific Northwest, examine how audience responses affect their craft. John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats attends to the web postings of hair metal fans. This Is Pop illustrates what can happen when the best of scholarship, criticism, and pop's inherent unruliness intersect.