Book Announcement: Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice

Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp245, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice, edited by Theo Stickley and Stephen Clift.

This book brings together leading UK researchers in the field of arts and health, including creative arts therapies. The chapters are based on presentations originally given at a UK seminar series on scholarship and research on connections between the creative arts, health and wellbeing, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics

Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp270, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics, edited by Victor Kennedy and Michelle Gadpaille.

Ethnic and Cultural Identity in Music and Song Lyrics looks at a variety of popular and folk music from around the world, with examples of British, Slovene, Chinese and American songs, poems and musicals. Charles Taylor says that “it is through story that we find or devise ways of living bearably in time”; one can make the same claim for music. Inexorably tied to time, to the measure of the beat, but freed from time by the polysemous potential of the words, song rapidly becomes “our” song, helping to cement memory and community, to make the past comprehensible and the present bearable. The authors of the fifteen chapters in this volume demonstrate how lyrics set to music can reflect, express and construct collective identities, both traditional and contemporary. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A Cybernetic Study of Speaking and Singing

A Cybernetic Study of Speaking and Singing now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp160, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Cybernetic Study of Speaking and Singing, by Ion Piso.

This book presents a detailed investigation of the singing technique that is generally known as the “inhaling the voice” technique. In addition, it explores the usage of vowels in spoken and sung variants, offering advice to singers regarding how they can improve their pronunciation of vowels and consonants, so as to enhance their professional performance. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Mental Illnesses in Symbolism

Mental Illnesses in Symbolism now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp191, £63.99 / $108.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Mental Illnesses in Symbolism, edited by Rosina Neginsky.

For the artists, writers and musicians of the Symbolist Movement of the turn of the century, true art, an extension of one’s “soul” or unconscious, was often regarded as dark, mysterious and unreliable – the world of Dionysus. Such artists, writers and musicians searched for symbols to express or suggest psychological pathologies manifested in exaltation, madness, and other extreme mental states. Mental Illness in Symbolism inquires into the mysteries of the Symbolist psyche through essays on works of art, literature and music created as part or extension of the Symbolist Movement. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Researching Music Censorship

Researching Music Censorship now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp345, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Researching Music Censorship, edited by Annemette Kirkegaard, Helmi Järviluoma, Jan Sverre Knudsen and Jonas Otterbeck.

Freedom of expression and its direct counterpart, censorship and silencing, are increasingly gaining attention in the world of art and culture. Through the growth of social media and its worldwide distribution, arts and cultural products are shared, and the increased visibility and audibility of culture is highlighted through iconic and pivotal clashes, such as the fatwa on The Satanic Verses in 1989, the recurring bans on the music of Wagner, the alleged censorship of playlists following 9/11, and the cartoon crisis in 2006.  Continue reading

Book Announcement: Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium

Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp340, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium, edited by David Forrest, Quinn Patrick Ankrum, Stacey Jocoy and Emily Ahrens Yates.

Coming to terms with Britten’s music is no easy task. The complex, often contradictory language associated with Britten’s style likely stems from his double interest in progressive composition and immediate connection with a broad, popular audience – an apparent paradox in the splintered musical culture of the 20th century – as well as from complicated truths in his own life, such as his love for a country that accepted neither his sexuality nor his politics. As a result, the attempt to describe his music can tell us as much about our own biases and the inadequacies of our analytic tools as it does about the music itself. Such audits of our scholarly language and strategies are vital in light of the still-murky view we have of twentieth century music. This opportunity for academic self-reflection is the reason Britten studies such as this book are so important. The essays included here challenge assumptions about musical constructs, relationships between text and music, and the influences of age, spirituality, and personal relationships on compositional technique. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Postgraduate Voices in Punk Studies: Your Wisdom, Our Youth

Postgraduate Voices in Punk Studies: Your Wisdom, Our Youth now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp180, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Postgraduate Voices in Punk Studies: Your Wisdom, Our Youth, edited by Mike Dines and Laura Way.

This volume represents the first academic collection to draw upon postgraduate research in exploring the punk scene. Cutting-edge studies, spanning both local and global contexts, are covered with contributions from a range of academic disciplines, including art and design, sociology, cultural studies, English, and music. The chapters are loosely focused around three themes: scenes; gender, “race” and sexuality; and therapy and laughter. The collection builds upon, and diversifies, existing academic work in punk studies covering such topics as “whitestraightboy” hegemony, straight-edge in France, CRT and the links between punk and the “rave” scene of the 1990s.
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