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Portishead's Dummy

R. J. Wheaton

RJ Wheaton’s writing on music, film, and literature has been published in The Oxford American, DaCapo’s Best Music Writing series, and at PopMatters.com , where he is Senior Producer. He currently lives in Toronto. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

33 1/3 Books

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...An album which distilled a genre from the musical, cultural, and social ether, Portishead’s Dummy was such a complete artistic achievement that its ubiquitous successes threatened to exhaust its own potential. RJ Wheaton offers...

Portishead

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...Portishead is a band based in Bristol, UK, and named after a town of the same name near Bristol, the hometown of band keyboardist Geoff Barrow. The band is considered to be one of the pioneers of trip-hop, a musical genre that fuses...

Massive Attack’s Blue Lines

Ian Bourland

Ian Bourland is Assistant Professor of Art History at Georgetown University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

33 1/3 Books

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...In 1991, a loose-knit collective released a record called Blue Lines under the name Massive Attack, splicing together American hip-hop and soul with the sounds of the British underground. With its marauding bass lines, angular guitars...

DJ Shadow

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...The pioneering American turntablist DJ Shadow helped to reignite an interest in lost music through the inventive use of samples. Born Joshua Davis in San Jose, California in 1972, Shadow began experimenting with four-track recording while...

Trip Hop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Trip hop is a downbeat electronic music genre that originated in the UK in the early 1990s. Conflating hip-hop with a ‘trippy’ psychedelic sensibility, the term was coined by the UK music press (Hesmondhalgh and Melville 2001, 102...

Chillout

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The chillout genre emerged in the UK in the late 1980s in the back rooms of electronic dance music (EDM) clubs and raves that provided a relaxed and relatively quiet space for clubbers to socialize, away from the high volume and energy...

Hip-Hop in the UK

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...US hip-hop found its way into the UK through British sound system culture, which had been well established in the country since its introduction from Jamaica in the 1950s. Although perhaps unsurprising, considering the way that sound system...