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Pop Fiction
The Song in Cinema
Out of Print
Price £20, $28.50
ISBN 9781841500782
Paperback 173 pages
230 x 174 mm
Published June 2005
Imprint: Intellect
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Edited by Matthew Caley and Steve Lannin
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Pop Fiction's unique essays individually consider one song within a cinematic context. Unlike previous collected volumes about pop music in film, where a generalised approach has been adopted, this offers instead a close examination of two pervasive and significant mediums in combination.

The collection introspects, assembling the pop song into various guises and documenting how individuals dissemble the multiple roles that the pop song plays in cinematic moments. The song as: role-play, memory trigger, narrator, ghost, marketing device, translator, alienator, membership rite etc.

Within this tight structure, an international range of authorities from the fields of film, musicology, contemporary art and sociology. All provide fresh insight towards the inter-textual fusion of film and song. Additionally the books form reduces the area of analysis to expose differences and similarities between these contrasting fields of study.

Innovative yet accessible, this exciting document would appeal to students, lecturers and researchers offering a diverse set of models with which to investigate the 'ideogram' of image/text/sound - a relationship which sits at the heart of most cultural production. For beginners, the book provides comforting areas of familiarity (pop song and film) while exploring areas of respective discipline and inter-disciplinary practice in an original manner. 

Chapter titles
Chapter 1: 'Garibaldi Fought Here'
Dave Beech, artist and writer for Art Monthly
Chapter 2: 'Heavy Rotation'
Matthew Caley, senior lecturer in Graphic Communication at the University of Wolverhampton
Chapter 3: 'Two Jews Wander Through the Southland'
Elizabeth C. Hirschman, professor of Marketing at Rutgers University
Chapter 4: 'The Ambi-Diegesis of "My Funny Valentine"'
Morris B. Holbrook, professor of Marketing at Columbia University
Chapter 5: 'Music, Masculinity & Membership'
Ian Inglis, senior lecturer in sociology at the Univeristy of Northumbria
Chapter 6: 'Fluid Figures: How to See Ghost[s]'
Steve Lannin, senior lecturer in Graphic Design at University College
Chapter 7: 'Reap Just What You So'
Miguel Mera, senior lecturer in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music
Chapter 8: 'Blonde Abjection: Spectatorship & the Abject Anal Space In-between'
Phil Powrie, professor of French Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Chapter 9: 'Always Blue: Chet Baker's Voice'
John Roberts, author of The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography and the Everyday
Chapter 10: 'From Bond to Blank'
Jeff Smith, associate professor and the director of the program in Film and Media Studies at Washington University
Chapter 11: 'Clean Reading: The Problematics of "In the Air Tonight" in Risky Business'
Robynn J. Stilwell
Chapter 12: 'Falling into Coma'
David Toop, composer and author of Ocean of Sound
'Impressive in its scope and variety, Pop Fiction is a well-formulated and scholarly work that represents a significant contribution to a field that is the subject of an escalating level of interest and intellectual activity. ' – Deborah Allison, Screening the Past

'Based on the novel idea of concentrating on a single song and its place within a single film, the collection draws upon wide-ranging theoretical fields, suggesting that any hitherto existing chasm between film scholars and musicologists might be crossed not by one, but by several bridges. ' – John Mundy, University of Salford

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