The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music by Richard ElliottThe Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music by Richard Elliott

The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music

byRichard Elliott

Hardcover | October 22, 2015

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Popular music artists, as performers in the public eye, offer a privileged site for the witnessing and analysis of ageing and its mediation. The Late Voice undertakes such an analysis by considering issues of time, memory, innocence and experience in modern Anglophone popular song and the use by singers and songwriters of a 'late voice'. Lateness here refers to five primary issues: chronology (the stage in an artist's career); the vocal act (the ability to convincingly portray experience); afterlife (posthumous careers made possible by recorded sound); retrospection (how voices 'look back' or anticipate looking back); and the writing of age, experience, lateness and loss into song texts. There has been recent growth in research on ageing and the experience of later stages of life, focusing on physical health, lifestyle and psychology, with work in the latter field intersecting with the field of memory studies. The Late Voice seeks to connect age, experience and lateness with particular performers and performance traditions via the identification and analysis of a late voice in singers and songwriters of mid-late twentieth century popular music.
Richard Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Music at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of Fado and the Place of Longing (2010).
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Title:The Late Voice: Time, Age and Experience in Popular MusicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:October 22, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Time, Age, Experience and Voice Chapter 2: Won't You Spare Me Over till Another Year? Ralph Stanley's Late Voice Chapter 3: September of My Years: Age and Experience in the Work of Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen Chapter 4: Time Out of Mind: Bob Dylan, Age and Those Same Distant Places Chapter 5: Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and the Innocence and Experience of the Singer-Songwriter Conclusion: Late Thoughts Bibliography Discography Filmography Index

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Elliott (popular music, Univ. of Sussex, UK) has written a complex analysis of 'the late voice' of a number of musicians. The first chapter, "Time, Age, Experience, and Voice," is analytical, drawing on numerous theoretical studies. In chapter 2, Elliot provides an interesting discussion of Ralph Stanley, known now for his performance of "O Death" in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) but whose country music recording career began in the 1940s. Elliott places Stanley within the southern musical tradition of 'cultural isolation that preserved the old ways and the old songs and that projected the region onto the national imaginary as a place of backwardness.' Subsequent chapters discuss a variety of performers -Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Judy Collins-focusing on the substance and meaning of their songs and providing some biographical background. In his conclusion, Elliott writes that his aim in writing the book was 'not so much to remove value from the metaphysics of age but to locate it at various points in the life course.' Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.