The Jukebox in the Garden

Ecocriticism and American Popular Music Since 1960

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Since the rise of the contemporary ecology movement in the 1960s, American songwriters and composers, from folk singer Pete Seeger to jazz saxophonist Paul Winter, have lamented, and protested against, environmental degradation and injustice. The Jukebox in the Garden is the first book to survey a wide range of musical styles, including folk, country, blues, rock, jazz, electronica and hip hop, to examine the different ways in which popular music has explored American relationships between nature, technology and environmental politics. It also investigates the growing link between music and philosophical thought, particularly under the influence of both deep ecology and New Age thinking, according to which music, amongst all the arts, has a special affinity with ecological ideas. This book is both an exploration and critique of such speculations on the role that music can play in raising environmental awareness. It combines description and analysis of American popular music made during the era of modern environmentalism with a consideration of its wider social, historical and political contexts. It will be of interest to undergraduates and post-graduates in music, cultural studies and environmental studies, as well as general readers interested in popular music and the environment.

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Table of contents
Introduction
Theories of ecocriticism and popular music
Popular music and environmental ethics
Popular music and eco-aesthetics
Popular music and ‘nature’
Eco-listening
Ecocriticism and American popular music since 1960
Blues and country music
Folk
1960s rock and R’n’B
Country rock
Post-1960s rock, R’n’B and hip hop
World music
Electronica
Jazz
Afterword
Recordings cited
Works cited
Index
Index Card
Collection Information