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Rocking Around the Clock: Music, Television, Postmodernism and Consumer Culture

Kaplan, E. Ann

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ISBN 10: 0416333702 / ISBN 13: 9780416333701
Published by Sep 03, 1987, 1987
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Title: Rocking Around the Clock: Music, Television,...

Publisher: Sep 03, 1987

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Kaplan examines the cultural context of MTV and its relationship to the history of rock music.

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Kaplan (Women and Film), a Rutgers professor of English and film, offers a full-length study of the 24-hour cable channel MTV. Even though the channel airs promotional rock videos in "one nearly continuous advertisement," she notes that its use of avant-garde techniques and Hollywood pastiche have made MTV a popular, postmodernist success. Kaplan examines the business side of MTV, then delves into the rock videos themselves, which she divides into five distinct types (romantic, socially conscious, nihilistic, classical and postmodern). She also considers violence in videos, commenting on Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More," which many consider typically nasty: "The events do not have the overall investment in a certain kind of desire that the sadistic narrative usually has." In general, Kaplan argues that MTV "utilizes adolescent desire for its own commercial ends." Her conclusions about the long-range implications of MTV and today's "massified youth culture" are perceptive, depressing and probing.
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