Experiencing Music Video

Aesthetics and Cultural Context

by: Carol Vernallis

Experiencing Music Video


Author: Carol Vernallis

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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Publication date: 26 May 2004

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ISBN: 023111799X ISBN 13: 9780231117999

Experiencing Music Video by Carol Vernallis

Here at last is a study that treats music video as a distinct multimedia artistic genre, different from film, television, and indeed from songs themselves. Carol Vernallis describes how musical, visual and verbal codes work together in music video and reveals modes of representing race, class, gender, and sexuality that characterize the music video form. Top page

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Music videos have ranged from simple tableaux of a band playing its instruments to multimillion dollar, high-concept extravaganzas. Born of a sudden expansion in new broadcast channels, music videos continue to exert an enormous influence on popular music. They help to create an artist's identity, to affect a song's mood, to determine chart success: the music video has changed our idea of the popular song. Here at last is a study that treats music video as a distinct multimedia artistic genre, different from film, television, and indeed from the songs they illuminate -- and sell. Carol Vernallis describes how verbal, musical, and visual codes combine in music video to create defining representations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and performance. The book explores the complex interactions of narrative, settings, props, costumes, lyrics, and much more. Three chapters contain close analyses of important videos: Madonna's "Cherish," Prince's "Gett Off," and Peter Gabriel's "Mercy St." Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Columbia University Press

City: New York

Pages: 360

More info: height 254 mm width 178 mm weight 644 gr thickness 25 mm

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Age recommended: Professional and scholarly

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC22) 780.267 Library of Congress Subject: PN1992.8.M Music videos - History and criticism.

Record updated at: 22 October, 2014 time: 13:19

Summary Experiencing Music Video AcknowledgementsIntroductionTheoryTelling and Not TellingEditingActorsSettingsProps and CostumesInterlude: Space, Color, Texture, and TimeLyricsMusical ParametersConnections Among Music, Image, and LyricsAnalytical MethodsAnalysesThe Aesthetics of Music Video: An Analysis of Madonna's "Cherish"Desire, Opulence, and Musical Authority: The Relation of Music and Image in Prince's "Gett Off"Peter Gabriel's Elegy for Anne Sexton: Image and Music in "Mercy St."AfterwordNotesBibliographyIndex Top page

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