Off Key: When Film and Music Won't Work Together

Dickinson, K. (2008) Off Key: When Film and Music Won't Work Together. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780195326635 (doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.001.0001)

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This book offers a study of how certain alliances of music and film are judged aesthetic failures. Based on a fascinating and wide-ranging body of film-music mismatches, and using contemporary reviews and histories of the turn to post-industrialization, the book expands the ways in which the union of the film and music businesses can be understood. Moving beyond the typical understanding of film music that privileges the score, the book also incorporates analyses of rock 'n' roll movies, composer biopics, and pop singers crossing over into acting. By doing this, it provides a fuller picture of how two successful entertainment sectors have sought out synergistic strategies, ones whose alleged “failures” have much to tell about the labor practices of the creative industries, as well as our own relationship to them and to work itself.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dickinson, Dr Kay
Authors: Dickinson, K.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts
Publisher:Oxford University Press
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