Music, Radio and the Public Sphere: The Aesthetics of Democracy by Charles FairchildMusic, Radio and the Public Sphere: The Aesthetics of Democracy by Charles Fairchild

Music, Radio and the Public Sphere: The Aesthetics of Democracy

byCharles Fairchild

Hardcover | June 26, 2012

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Radio, the most widely used medium in the world, is a dominant mediator of musical meaning. Through a combination of critical analysis, interdisciplinary theory and ethnographic writing about community radio, this book provides a novel theorization of democratic aesthetics, with important implications for the study of old and new media alike.
CHARLES FAIRCHILD Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author ofPop Idols and Pirates(2008)and Community Radio and Public Culture(2001). He has published articles in journals such asPopular Music, Media, Culture & SocietyandTelevision and New Media.
Title:Music, Radio and the Public Sphere: The Aesthetics of DemocracyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:225 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.83 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230390501

ISBN - 13:9780230390508


Table of Contents

Introduction: the Unknown and the Unheard PART I: ENFORCING AND EVADING RATIONALIZATION Social Solidarity in the Luminiferous Ether Corporate Rationality, Communicative Reason and Aesthetic Experience Of Communities and Constituencies: Radio, the Market and the State PART II: MAKING RADIO, MAKING MEANING What Does a Civil Society Sound Like? Local Music for Local People Mixing: the Rational, the Reasoned, the Resourceful Conclusion: the Unheard and the Unknown Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

"This monograph offers a theoretical intervention into and a detailed analysis of the democratic space opened by community radio against the backdrop of commercialism and corporate power typically associated with the music and radio industries. As the author explains, a scathing critique of the commercial music and radio systems alone would not reveal the democratic potential of these popular forms, and the book's attention to the democratic aesthetics of community radio addresses this critical question persuasively." - Bethany Klein, University of Leeds, UK