The Persistence of Sentiment is a critical account of a group of artists in American popular music who have met with commercial success but also critical disdain. This book examines the specific musical features of some exemplary pop songs and draws attention to the social contexts that contributed to their popularity as well as their dismissal. The artists under consideration were all members of more or less disadvantaged social categories: members of racial or sexual minorities, victims of class and/or gender prejudices, and/or advocates of populations excluded from the “mainstream.” Perhaps ... Read more
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