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Lyricist

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...A lyricist is the author of words intended to be sung. The lyricist generally works in collaboration with the composer of the music for a song. The lyrics of a song may also be written by the same person or persons responsible for composing...

—Yazoo (US)

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...Yazoo was a reissue record label devised and managed by Nick Perls from New York. Its initial five long-playing (LP) discs were issued by Belzona Records, but the similarity of the company’s name to that of the early Beltona label...

Timbales

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Timbales, also known as pailitas cubanas, pailes, timbaletas and bongó, have a rich history that is closely tied to the settling of the island of Cuba by the Spanish. Like many other Afro-Caribbean percussion instruments, these drums...

—Black Ark (Jamaica)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...Black Ark was a short-lived (1974-80) recording studio owned and operated by legendary Jamaican popular music innovator Lee (‘Scratch,’ ‘the Upsetter’) Perry. It was a ‘home studio,’ operating out of a small, unassuming outbuilding erected...

Bandoneón

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The bandoneón, the key instrument and sound of tango, is a special large version of the square-built button accordion or concertina, a portable wind instrument made of two harmonic wooden cases joined together by folded cardboard...

Transfiguration, Devotion and Immortality

Christopher Partridge

Christopher Partridge is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. Recent publications include The Occult World (2014, ed.,), The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, the Sacred and the Profane (2013), Dub in Babylon (2010), and Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture (2010, ed.,). He is co-editor of Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mortality and Music : Popular Music and the Awareness of Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...‘Do you know who Elvis Presley was?’ Charles Wolfe, Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, asked a group of children. ‘He was an old guy who was a king somewhere … a great big man …. He lives in a big house in Memphis...
...Johnny Pacheco is a musician, arranger, and producer of Latin music. Many consider Pacheco to have developed the new dance style “pachanga,” which, in turn, would contribute to the rise of salsa. He is one of the genre’s most influential...

Bongo Drums

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Like their larger relations the conga drums, the bongo drums derive from the mixing of cultures that occurred after settlers from Spain brought African slaves to the islands of the Caribbean to work on their plantations. These slaves...

Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake”

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In 2014, the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) introduced a new category for “Best Lyric Video,”Hugh McIntyre, “The MTV Video Music Awards Go for the Second Screen Experience,” Forbes, August 21, 2014. with the decision regarding its...

Introduction: Superfluous, Redundant, Enduring—Prince’s Emancipation (1996)

Will Stockton

Will Stockton is Associate Professor of English at Clemson University, and author of several books including Members of His Body: Shakespeare, Paul, and a Theology of Nonmonogamy (2017), and Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...The Artist Formerly Known as Prince—hereafter referred to, for simplicity’s sake, as Prince—released three albums in 1996. Or maybe two, if soundtracks don’t count. Or maybe six, if a triple album counts as three. The soundtrack...