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Listening for the secret : the Grateful Dead and the politics of improvisation / Ulf Olsson.

Author/creator Olsson, Ulf author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
Descriptionxii, 184 pages ; 23 cm.
Subject(s)
Series Studies in the Grateful Dead ; 1
Studies in the Grateful Dead ; 1. ^A1344602
Contents Popular avant-garde? : renegotiating tradition -- Wave that flag : an apolitical band -- Crashes in space : aspects of improvisation -- Coda : listening for the secret.
Abstract Listening for the Secret is a critical assessment of the Grateful Dead and the distinct culture that grew out of the group's music, politics, and performance. With roots in popular music traditions, improvisation, and the avant-garde, the Grateful Dead is a unique phenomenon through which to better understand the meaning and creation of the counterculture community. Author Ulf Olsson marshals the critical and aesthetic theories of Adorno, Benjamin, Foucault, and others to place the group within a political discourse, focusing on the band's capacity to create a unique social environment. Analyzing the Grateful Dead's music, as well as the forms of subjectivity that the band generated, Olsson examines the wider significance of the politics of improvisation. -- from back cover.
General note"Roth Family Foundation Music in America imprint"--First page.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references, discography, and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Olsson, Ulf. Listening for the secret. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] 9780520961760
LCCN 2016050507
ISBN9780520286641 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN0520286642 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN9780520286658 paperback ; alkaline paper
ISBN0520286650 paperback ; alkaline paper

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