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Interpreting Popular Music$
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David Brackett

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225411

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225411.001.0001

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Writing, music, dancing, and architecture in Elvis Costello's “Pills and Soap”

Writing, music, dancing, and architecture in Elvis Costello's “Pills and Soap”

(p.157) Chapter Five Writing, music, dancing, and architecture in Elvis Costello's “Pills and Soap”
Interpreting Popular Music

David Brackett

University of California Press

This chapter examines Elvis Costello's Pills and Soap in relation to writing, music, dancing, and architecture. It looks at Pills and Soap through contemporary critical discourses about his music, his own statements about his music, discourses on modernism and postmodernism, on the aesthetics of those with legitimate and popular taste and the conflict between 1960s countercultural and 1970s punk aesthetics. It also considers the gap between Costello's 1994 reflections on the artistic process and his 1983 statement which appears to advocate a Romantic notion of unmediated artistic spontaneity.

Keywords:   Elvis Costello, Pills and Soap, music, dancing, architecture, artistic process, artistic spontaneity

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