It’s all just a little bit of history repeating pop stars, audiences, performance and ageing

Jennings, Ros ORCID: 0000-0002-5852-9420 (2012) It’s all just a little bit of history repeating pop stars, audiences, performance and ageing. In: Rock On: Women, Ageing and Popular Music. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music . Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 35-52. ISBN 978-1409428411

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This chapter examines the dynamics of performance in relation to ageing popular music stars and their audiences. As Simon Frith suggests: ‘the meaning of pop is the meaning of pop stars, performers with bodies and personalities; central to the pleasure of pop is pleasure in a voice, sound as body, sound as person’ (2002: 210). This work explores the impact of ageing on these meanings and pleasures in relation to two internationally successful British popular music stars, Shirley Bassey and Petula Clark. For female pop stars, whose star bodies and star performances are undisputedly the objects of a sexualized external gaze; the process of publicly ageing poses particular challenges.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rock; Ageing; Women; Popular music
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 16:43
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2021 12:00

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