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- DescriptionThis book studies the working efficacy of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah in the context of today's network culture. Especially as recorded on YouTube, k.d. lang's interpretation(s) of Cohen's Hallelujah, embody acoustically and visually/viscerally, what Nietzsche named the 'spirit of music'. Today, the working of music is magnified and transformed by recording dynamics and mediated via Facebook exchanges, blog postings and video sites. Given the sexual/religious core of Cohen's Hallelujah, this study poses a phemelogical reading of the objectification of both men and women, raising the question of desire, including gender issues and both homosexual and heterosexual desire. A review of critical thinking about musical performance as 'currency' and consumed commodity takes up Ador's reading of Benjamin's analysis of the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction as applied to music/radio/sound and the persistent role of 'recording consciousness'. Ultimately, the question of what Nietzsche called the becoming-human-of-dissonance is explored in terms of both ancient tragedy and Beethoven's striking deployment of dissonance as Nietzsche analyses both as playing with suffering, discontent, and pain itself, a playing for the sake t of language or sense but musically, as joy.
- Author BiographyBabette Babich is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City. She is author, among other books, of La fin de la pensee? Philosophie analytique contre philosophie continentale (2012) and Words in Blood, Like Flowers: Philosophy and Poetry, Music and Eros in HA lderlin, Nietzsche and Heidegger (2006). Editor of eight book collections, she is also executive editor of New Nietzsche Studies.
- Author(s)Babette Babich
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication12/06/2013
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleAshgate Popular and Folk Music Series
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 15 b&w illustrations
- Weight768 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Series Edited byProfessor Derek B. Scott,Professor Lori Burns,Professor Stan Hawkins
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