Music as a Hinterland

Music as a Hinterland
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Published
Jul 09, 2019

Many of the thinkers I admire have a secret, or semi-secret, life as a musician. This group brings together a diverse range of authors including Roland Barthes, Theodor Adorno, Ernst Bloch, Ralph Ellison, Howard Becker, Stuart Hall, Edward Said and Paul Gilroy. Either explicitly or tacitly, they all enhance their intellectual craft with music. In the same way music – playing the guitar – is the hinterland for my own academic work. I have always had an extra-mural life as a working musician, although in the age of YouTube it is no longer possible to keep such things a secret. I mention it here, albeit reluctantly, because there are recurring references in this book to music and musicians. These sources are listed below along with others that have enhanced my understanding of the value of thinking with music.

  • Becker, Howard S. (1963) Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance. London: Collier Macmillan.

  • Ellison, Ralph. (2001) Living with Music: Ralph Ellison’s Jazz Writings. New York: The Modern Library.

  • Faulkner, Robert R. and Becker, Howard S. (2009) ‘Do You Know . . .?’ The Jazz Repertoire in Action. London and Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

  • Gilroy, Paul. (2003) ‘Between the Blues and the Blues Dance’, in Michael Bull and Les Back, eds. The Auditory Cultures Reader. Oxford: Berg, pp. 381–395.

  • Hall, Stuart. (2003) ‘The Calypso Kings’, in Michael Bull and Les Back, eds. The Auditory Cultures Reader. Oxford: Berg, pp. 419–425.

  • Hesmondhalgh, David. (2013) Why Music Matters. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

  • Lees, Gene. (2001) You Can’t Steal a Gift: Dizzy, Clark, Milt and Nat. Lincoln, NE and London: University of Nebraska Press.

  • Nussbaum, Martha. (2006) Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership. London: Belknap Press.

  • Richards, Keith. (2010) Life. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson.

  • Said, Edward. (1991) Musical Elaborations. New York: Columbia University Press.

  • Sennett, Richard. (2003) ‘Resistance’, in Michael Bull and Les Back, eds. The Auditory Cultures Reader. Oxford: Berg, pp. 381–395, pp. 481–484.

  • Street, John. (2012) Music and Politics. Cambridge: Polity.

  • Sudnow, Philip. (1978) The Ways of the Hand. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Wilmer, Val. (1991) Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This: My Life in the Jazz World. London: The Women’s Press.

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