Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music

Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music

Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music

Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music


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Unearthing the messy and sprawling interrelationships of place, wellbeing, and popular music, this book explores musical soundscapes of health, ranging from activism to international charity, to therapeutic treatments and how wellbeing is sought and attained in contexts of music. Drawing on critical social theories of the production, circulation, and consumption of popular music, the book gathers together diverse insights from geographers and musicologists. Popular music has become increasingly embedded in complex and often contradictory discourses of wellbeing. For instance, some new genres and sub-cultures of popular music are associated with violence, drug-use, and the angst of living, yet simultaneously define the hopes and dreams of millions of young people. At a service level, popular music is increasingly used as a therapeutic modality in holistic medicine, as well as in conventional health care and public health practice. The genre of popular music, then, is fundamental to human wellbeing as an active and central part of people’s emotional lives. By conceptually and empirically foregrounding place, this book demonstrates how - music whether from particular places, about particular places, or played in particular places ” is a crucial component of health and wellbeing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317052357
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: ISSN
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 320
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Gavin J. Andrews, McMaster University, Canada, Paul Kingsbury, Simon Fraser University, Canada and Robin Kearns, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction; I: Circulation; 2: Norah Jones's ‘Don't Know Why’: Flexible Grounding and Contemporary Cities; 3: Look Beyond Appearances: Place, Disability, and Wellbeing in the Music of Staff Benda Bilili; 4: ‘Gonna Live Forever': Noel Gallagher's Spaces of Wellbeing; 5: ‘Still ill': Morrissey, The Smiths, and the Geography of Miserabilism; 6: Jewish Spiritual Healing, Mi Shebeirach, and the Legacy of Debbie Friedman; II: Transformations; 7: Listen! It's Alive; 8: Sounds, Surrounds, and Wellbeing on Planet WOMAD; 9: Pasifika Festival Representations and Realities for the Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand; 10: Dying Healthy: Music in Places of Palliative Care; 11: A Soundtrack to the Everyday: Street Music and the Production of Convivial ‘Healthy' Public Places; 12: Painting Therapeutic Landscapes with Sound: On Land by Brian Eno; III: Gathering; 13: Mapping the Geography of Health Inequity through Participatory Hip Hop; 14: Fast and Frightening: Boundaries to Wellbeing for Women in the Punk Community; 15: Mary, Maria, and the Intensity of Redemption: Everyday Spiritual Healing in the Lyrics of Bruce Springsteen; 16: No-Go Zones and Comfortable Places: Musical Challenges to the Displacements of HIV and AIDS in South Africa; 17: Music and the Wellbeing of a Nation: Developing Identity, Constructing Community in Singapore; 18: Bono, Band Aid, and Before: Celebrity Humanitarianism, Music, and the Objects of its Action; Coda Please Please Me: The Potency of Music
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