Widening the Horizon: Exoticism in Post-War Popular Music

Widening the Horizon: Exoticism in Post-War Popular Music

Widening the Horizon: Exoticism in Post-War Popular Music

Widening the Horizon: Exoticism in Post-War Popular Music

Synopsis

During the 1950s and early 1960s, the musical exotica produced by performers such as Les Baxter, Martin Denny, and Arthur Lyman enjoyed international success. Widening the Horizon is the first in-depth analysis of the music and its cultural context.

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Philip Hayward

For anyone intees of funding, institutional enablement etc. It has therefore allowed itself to settle within a frame inherited from (traditional forms of) Art History and Literary Studies, where the gourmet aesthetic of leading practitioners creates explicit and implicit canons which act as focal points for the construction of critical and/or historical discourse. There are two principal ways of addressing this weakness in the field. One involves the external revision of the whole project. the other, a revision and displacement of the central canon and the specific analytical models which led to its establishment. Noble as the former option is, such a meta-analytical enterprise has never been attempted, nor accomplished, by a Humanities discipline – old or New – and remains a task unlikely to be undertaken by the . . .

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