Popular Music and National Culture in Israel by Motti RegevPopular Music and National Culture in Israel by Motti Regev

Popular Music and National Culture in Israel

byMotti Regev, Edwin Seroussi

Paperback | April 26, 2004

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A unique Israeli national culture-indeed, the very nature of "Israeliness"-remains a matter of debate, a struggle to blend vying memories and backgrounds, ideologies and wills. Identifying popular music as an important site in this wider cultural endeavor, this book focuses on the three major popular music cultures that are proving instrumental in attempts to invent Israeliness: the invented folk song repertoire known as Shirei Eretz Israel; the contemporary, global-cosmopolitan Israeli rock; and the ethnic-oriental musica mizrahit. The result is the first ever comprehensive study of popular music in Israel.

Motti Regev, a sociologist, and Edwin Seroussi, an ethnomusicologist, approach their subject from alternative perspectives, producing a truly interdisciplinary, sociocultural account of music as a feature and a force in the shaping of Israeliness. A major ethnographic undertaking, describing and analyzing the particular history, characteristics, and practices of each music culture,Popular Music and National Culture in Israelmaps not only the complex field of Israeli popular music but also Israeli culture in general.
Motti Regevis Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the Open University of Israel. He is the author ofRock: Music & Culture(1995) andOud and Guitar: The Musical Culture of the Arabs in Israel(1993). Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew...
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Title:Popular Music and National Culture in IsraelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:April 26, 2004Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520236548

ISBN - 13:9780520236547

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Popular Music and National Culture
PART I: CULTURAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS
1. A Short Introduction to Israeli Culture
2. Israeli Institutions of Popular Music

PART II: POPULAR MUSIC AND NATIONALIST IDEOLOGY
3. Shirei Eretz Yisrael (Songs of the Land of Israel)
4. "In Spite of it All, She Has Something": Popular Songs in the Yishuv and Early Nationhood
5. The Lehaqot Tzvayiot (Army Ensembles)
6. "And the Winner Is . . . ": Popular Song Festivals

PART III: ISRAELI ROCK
7. The Invention of Israeli Rock
8. The Coming of Rock

PART IV: MUSIQA MIZRA{HU}IT
9. Musiqa Mizra{hu}it: Origins, Style, Production, and Public
10. From "Neighborhood" to the Charts: Musiqa Mizra{hu}it and Legitimacy
Conclusion

Select Discography
Works Cited
Song and Album Index
Name Index
Subject Index