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The Persistence of Sentiment: Display and Feeling in Popular Music of the 1970s

Mitchell Morris


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 ... More

Keywords: popular music, musicology, music criticism, rock music, soul music, disco, 1970s music and culture, popular music and society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520242852
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mitchell Morris, author