The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter

Katherine Williams (Editor), Justin A. Williams (Editor)

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Abstract

Most often associated with modern artists such as Bob Dylan, Elton John, Don McLean, Neil Diamond, and Carole King, the singer-songwriter tradition in fact has a long and complex history dating back to the medieval troubadour and earlier. This Companion explains the historical contexts, musical analyses, and theoretical frameworks of the singer-songwriter tradition. Divided into five parts, the book explores the tradition in the context of issues including authenticity, gender, queer studies, musical analysis, and performance. The contributors reveal how the tradition has been expressed around the world and throughout its history to the present day. Essential reading for enthusiasts, practitioners, students, and scholars, this book features case studies of a wide range of both well and lesser-known singer-songwriters, from Thomas d’Urfey through to Carole King and Kanye West.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages386
ISBN (Electronic)9781316569207
ISBN (Print)9781107063648
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Music
PublisherCambridge University Press

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