“All Romantics Meet the Same Fate Someday”: Joni Mitchell, Blue, and Romanticism

“The Last Time I Saw Richard”. . . is a Romantic tour-de-force with respect to lyrics, composition, and performance. In the folk song tradition, Mitchell sings to her own musical accompaniment, and there is no other instrument playing in the recording; yet, the melodic and harmonic complexity of the song makes for a performance farContinue reading ““All Romantics Meet the Same Fate Someday”: Joni Mitchell, Blue, and Romanticism”

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Full iTunes Playlist for Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism

Here’s the full iTunes playlist for Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge 2022): click the image.

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Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism Now Available from Routledge

Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge 2022) is the first book-length work to explore the interrelationships among contemporary female musicians and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, music, and literature by women and men. The art, music, and videos of contemporary artists including Erykah Badu, BeyoncĂ©, The Carters, Missy Elliot, the Indigo Girls, Janet Jackson, Janis JoplinContinue reading “Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism Now Available from Routledge”

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David Bowie’s Artful Death

Bowie reinvented himself musically, but I believe as much is communicated through the album art, as sparse as it is, and through the videos, as is communicated through its music and lyrics. It begs for visual interpretation.

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When David Bowie Was a Muppet

In many ways, Bowie defied categorization by transcending binary identities like male and female or heterosexual and homosexual. Bowie even escaped fixed labeling as a musician, artist, actor, or performer, thereby asserting that rational order’s authority over individuals is illusory. His embrace of opposing images (male vs. female, public vs. private) was the linchpin ofContinue reading “When David Bowie Was a Muppet”

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