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OS MITOS DA CULTURA POP: DE DANTE A DYLAN

O renomado crítico cultural americano Perry Meisel detona as noções convencionais sobre a divisão entre “alta” e “baixa” cultura.

O autor transita pela provocante teoria de que a cultura pop experimentou ritmos dialéticos. A hábil análise que o livro apresenta de três tradições culturais duradouras – o romance norte-americano, Hollywood, e o rock inglês e americano – nos leva a um ciclo histórico da cultura pop que tem Dante como ponto de partida e revisita ícones como Wahrol, Melville, Hemingway, Twain, Eisenstein, Benjamin, Scorsese e Sinatra.



THE MYTH OF POPULAR CULTURE: FROM DANTE TO DYLAN

The Myth of Popular Culture discusses the dialectic of "highbrow" and "lowbrow" in popular culture through an examination of literature, film, and popular music. With topics ranging from John Keats to John Ford, the book responds to Adorno's theory that popular culture is not dialectical by showing that it is.

Available as eBooks

COURSE IN GENERAL LINGUISTICS. Trans. Wade Baskin. Co-ed. with Haun Saussy. By Ferdinand de Saussure (Columbia University Press, 2011)

THE LITERARY FREUD (Routledge, 2007)

THE COWBOY AND THE DANDY: CROSSING OVER FROM ROMANTICISM TO ROCK AND ROLL (Oxford University Press, 1998)

FREUD: A COLLECTION OF CRITICAL ESSAYS (Prentice-Hall, 1981)




9/1/10

Pazz & Jop Product Report 1978

"Each critic votes for between zero and 10 'yea' records per month and awards each one 10 (masterpiece), 8, 7 (recommended purchase), 5 (borderline), 3, 2, or 1 (shades of listenable) votes."

Perry Meisel's votes:

January 2, 1978:

YEA: Boz Scaggs: 'Down Two, Then Left' (Columbia) 7; Merle Haggard: 'A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today' (Capitol) 5; Eric Gale: 'Multiplication' (Columbia) 5; 'Stan Getz Presents Jimmy Rowles: The Peacocks' (Columbia) 5; James Talley: 'Ain't It Somethin' ' (Capitol) 5; Steve Khan: 'Tightrope' (Columbia/Tappan Zee) 3; Odyssesy: 'Rare Gems' (Casablanca) 3.

February 6, 1978:

YEA: Joe Tex: 'Rub Down' (Epic) 7; Kool and the Gang: 'The Force' (De-Lite) 5; Art Garfunkel: 'Watermark' (Columbia) 3; Muddy Waters: 'I'm Ready' (Blue Sky) 3; Elvis Costello: 'My Aim is True' (Columbia) 2; Bette Midler: 'Broken Blosssoms' (Atlantic) 1.

March 6, 1978:

YEA: 'The Best of Jerry Lee Lewis, Volume II' (Mercury) 8; Elvin Bishop: 'Raisin' Hell' (Capricorn) 7; Fenton Robinson; 'Hear Some Blues Downstairs' (Alligator) 5; Vibrators: 'Pure Mania' (Columbia) 5; Muddy Waters: 'I'm Ready' (Blue Sky) 5; Johnny Rivers: 'Outside Help '(Soul City) 3.
NAY: Manhattan Transfer, 'Pastiche' (Atlantic) -2.

April 3, 1978:

YEA: Allen Toussaint: 'Motion' (Warner Bros.) 7; Original Texas Playboys: 'Live and Kickin' ' (Capitol) 7; Maria Muldaur: 'Southern Winds' (Warner Bros.) 5; Average White Band: 'Warmer Communications' (Atlantic) 5; Little Feat: 'Waiting for Columbus' (Warner Bros.) 3; 'Foster Sylvers' (Capitol) 3; NRBQ: 'At Yankee Stadium' (Mercury) 3; Delbert McClinton: 'Second Wind' (Capricorn) 3; Dexter Wansel: 'Voyager' (Philadelphia International) 2; Bobby Womack: 'Pieces' (Columbia) 2.

May 1, 1978:

YEA: Ramones: 'Rocket to Russia' (Sire) 8; 'Ramones Leave Home,' (Sire) 7; 'Ramones' (Sire) 7; Elvis Costello: 'This Year's Model' (Columbia) 5; 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' (Warner Bros.) 3; Tower of Power: 'We Came to Play' (Columbia) 3; Tower of Power: 'We Came to Play' (Columbia) 3; 'Cornell Dupree's Saturday Night Fever' (Versatile) 2.

June 5, 1978:

YEA: Elvis Costello: 'This Year's Model' (Columbia) 8; The Band: 'The Last Waltz' (Warner Bros.) 8; 'Ellen McIlwaine' (United Artists) 7; Brian Auger and Julie Tippetts: 'Encore' (Warner Bros.) 7; Wings: 'London Town' (Capitol) 5; Aretha Franklin: Almighty Fire' (Atlantic) 5; Willie Nelson: 'Stardust' (Columbia) 3; Edie Hinton: 'Very Extremely Dangerous' (Capricorn) 3; Bonnie Bramlett: 'Memories' (Capricorn) 3.

July 3, 1978:

YEA: Charlie Parker: 'The Very Best of Bird' (Warner Bros.) 10; Koko Taylor: 'The Earthshaker' (Alligator) 8; Graham Parker & the Rumour: 'The Parkerilla' (Mercury) 7; Freddie Hubbard: 'Super Blue' (Columbia) 7; Rolling Stones: 'Some Girls' (Rolling Stones) 5; Bruce Springsteen: 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' (Columbia) 5; Dave Mason: 'Marlposa de Oro' (Columbia) 3; David Sanborn: 'Heart to Heart' (Warner Bros.) 3; George Duke: 'Don't Let Go' (Epic) 2; Wendy Waldman: 'Strange Company' (Warner Bros.) 2.
NAY: Ry Cooder: 'Jazz' (Warner Bros.) - 3; John McLaughlin: 'Electric Guitarist' (Columbia) - 3.

August 7, 1978:

YEA: Bob Dylan: 'Street-Legal' (Columbia) 10; 'Carlene Carter' (Warner Bros.) 7; Merle Haggard: 'Eleven Winners' (Capitol) 7; Cheap Trick: 'Heaven Tonight' (Epic) 5; Teddy Penergrass: 'Life in a Song Worth Singing' (Philadelphia International) 5; 'Larry Carlton' (Warner Bros.) 5; Rahsaan Roland Kirk: 'Boogie-Woogie Stringalong for Real' (Warner Bros.) 5; 'DMZ' (Sire) 3; Billy Cobham/Steve Kahn/Tom Scott/Alfonso-Johnson: 'Alivemutherforya' (Columbia) 3; John Abercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette: 'Gateway 2' (ECM) 2.

September 4, 1978:

YEA: 'David Gilmour' (Columbia) 8; Screamin' Jay Hawkins: 'I Put a Spell on You' (Versatile) 8; Saints: 'Eternally Yours' (Sire) 7; Jesse Winchester: 'A Touch on the Rainy Side' (Bearsville) 7; Criminals: 'The Kids Are Back' (Sing Sing single) 7; Debby Boone: 'Midstream' (Warner Bros.) 5; Bill Chinnock: 'Badlands' (Atlantic) 3; Ohio Players: 'Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee' (Mercury) 3; Jim Krueger: 'Sweet Salvation' (Columbia) 3; 'The Writers' (Columbia) 2.

October 9, 1978:

YEA: 'The Pop' (Automatic) 7; Talking Heads: 'More Songs About Buildings and Food' (Sire) 7; Willie Nelson: 'Face of a Fighter' (Lone Star) 7; Zwol: 'New York City' (EMI/America single) 5; Frankie Valli is the Word' (Warner Bros.) 5; City Boy: 'Book Early' (Mercury) 3; Dixie Dregs: 'What If' (Capricorn) 2; Billy Cobham: 'Simplicity of Expression-Aptness of Thought' (Columbia) 2.

November 6, 1978:

YEA: Dexter Gordon: 'Manhattan Symphonie' (Columbia) 8; Pete Christlieb/Wayne Marsh Quintent: 'Apogee' (Warner Bros.) 8; Son Seals: 'Live and Burning' (Alligator) 7; Bryan Ferry: 'The Bride Stripped Bare' (Atlantic) 7; Carl Perkins: 'Ol' Blue Suede is Back' (Jet) 5; 'The Very Best of Dave Mason' (ABC) 5; Tom Scott: 'Intimate Strangers' (Columbia) 3; Boston: 'Don't Look Back' (Epic) 3; Pierce Arrow: 'Pity the Rich' (Columbia) 2.

December 4, 1978:

YEA: The Clash: 'Give 'Em Enough Rope' (Epic) 8; Ramones: 'Road to Ruin' (Sire) 8; 'Bob Mover' (Vanguard) 7; Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes: 'Hearts of Stone' (Epic) 7;
Stan Getz: 'Another World' (Columbia) 7; Billy Swann: 'At His Best' (Monument) 7; Elvin Bishop: 'Hog Heaven' (Capricorn) 5; Kool and the Gang: 'Everybody's Dancin' (De-Lite) 5.