United Kingdom: Book by John Street: ‘Music and Politics’

26 October 2011


This is the first book to examine systematically music’s political power. It shows how music has been at the heart of accounts of political order, at how musicians from Bono to Lily Allen have claimed to speak for peoples and political causes.

The book looks too at the emergence of music as an object of public policy, whether in the classroom or in the copyright courts, whether as focus of national pride or employment opportunities.

The book brings together a vast array of ideas about music’s political significance (from Aristotle to Rousseau, from Adorno to Deleuze) and new empirical data to tell a story of the extraordinary potency of music across time and space. At the heart of the book lies the argument that music and politics are inseparably linked, and that each animates the other.

A guide to how musicians make politics and politicians manipulate music.

Published on 28 October 2011 – 256 pages
PB 978-0-7456-3544-6

“John Street helps us see how music matters, why culture counts, and how political affiliation emerges out of public processes and private practices.”
George Lipsitz, author of ‘Footsteps in the Dark: The Hidden Histories of Popular Music’

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