Rock Dogs: Politics and the Australian Music Industry by Marcus BreenRock Dogs: Politics and the Australian Music Industry by Marcus Breen

Rock Dogs: Politics and the Australian Music Industry

byMarcus Breen

Paperback | July 26, 2006

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Can rock n' roll and politics mix? Rock Dogs looks at the impact of government music policies on the Australian music scene, youth culture, and national identity. In the 1980s to early 1990s, rock music in Australia became one of the unlikely targets of the Australian Labor Party's (ALP) cultural policies. Younger ALP politicians and activists were galvanized to create a series of unique initiatives, such as Ausmusic and the Victorian Rock Foundation, which targeted Australian youth through the music industry. The policies, which used techniques adapted from other cultural industries like television and film, were diverse and innovative, but unproven in the music industry. Despite the optimism fueling these cultural policies, various governmental inquiries, increased resistance from major studios, and a growing divide between the needs of the people and the music industry eventually dampened them. Rock Dogs is a candid, observant study of the legacy of these cultural policies and the larger debate over the creation and preservation of a national culture.
Marcus Breen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. He was Chairman of the Victorian Rock Foundation and a prominent music writer for the Melbourne Herald, Sunday Herald, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Magazine, and Business International. He also works as a consult...
Title:Rock Dogs: Politics and the Australian Music IndustryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.96 × 7.12 × 0.84 inPublished:July 26, 2006Publisher:UPALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0761834699

ISBN - 13:9780761834694

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Mapping New Music Policies Chapter 4 2. Who's Got the Rhetorical Power? Chapter 5 3. Working the Rhetoric Chapter 6 4. A Kylie Story: Inner City to Mushroomville Chapter 7 5. Finding the Pieces is No Cake Walk Chapter 8 6. Community Music-Unexpected Achievements Chapter 9 7. Sweet Dreams in Ausmusic and the VRF Chapter 10 8. All is Revealed: The Industry and the PSA Chapter 11 9. Whither Australian Rock Music? Chapter 12 10. Conclusions: Lessons to Rock With Chapter 13 Endnotes Chapter 14 Appendices Chapter 15 References Chapter 16 Index