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Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow : Chinese Pop Music and Its Cultural Connotations / Marc L. Moskowitz.

Author/Creator:
Moskowitz, Marc L., author.
Publication:
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2009]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (183 pages)
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Subjects:
Music -- Social aspects -- China.
Popular music -- Taiwan -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- China -- History and criticism.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English.
Summary:
Since the mid-1990s, Taiwan's unique brand of Mandopop (Mandarin Chinese-language pop music) has dictated the musical tastes of the mainland and the rest of Chinese-speaking Asia. Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow explores Mandopop's surprisingly complex cultural implications in Taiwan and the PRC, where it has established new gender roles, created a vocabulary to express individualism, and introduced transnational culture to a country that had closed its doors to the world for twenty years.In his early chapters, Marc L. Moskowitz provides the historical background necessary to understand the contemporary Mandopop scene, beginning with the birth of Chinese popular music in the East Asian jazz Mecca of 1920s Shanghai. A brief overview of alternative musical genres in the PRC such as Beijing rock and revolutionary opera is included. The section concludes with a look at the manner in which Taiwan's musical ethos has influenced the mainland's music industry and how Mandopop has brought Western music and cultural values to the PRC. This leads to a discussion of Taiwan pop's exceptional hybridity, beginning with foreign influences during the colonial period under the Dutch and Japanese and continuing with the country's political, cultural, and economic alliance with the U.S. Moskowitz addresses the resulting wealth of transnational musical influences from the rest of East Asia and the U.S. and Taiwan pop's appeal to audiences in both the PRC and Taiwan. In doing so, he explores how Mandopop's "songs of sorrow," with their ubiquitous themes of loneliness and isolation, engage a range of emotional expression that resonates strongly in the PRC. Later chapters examine the construction of male and female identities in Mandopop and look at the widespread condemnation of the genre by critics. Drawing on analyses and data from earlier chapters (including interviews with dozens of performers, song writers, and lay people in Taipei and Shanghai), Moskowitz attempts to answer the question: Why, if the music is as bad as some assert, is it so central to the lives of the largest population in the world? To answer, he highlights Mandopop's important contribution as a poetic lament that simultaneously embraces and protests modern life.Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow is a highly readable introduction to an important but understudied East Asian phenomenon. It will find a ready audience among scholars and students of Chinese and Taiwanese popular culture as well as musicologists studying transnational music flows and non-Western popular music.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Tail Wags The Dog: Taiwan's Musical Counter-Invasion of China
Chapter 2. China's Mandopop Roots and Taiwan's Gendered Counter-Invasion of the PRC
Chapter 3. Hybridity and Its Discontents: Popular Music in Taiwan
Chapter 4. Message in a Bottle: Lyrical Laments and Emotional Expression in Mandopop
Chapter 5. Men Writing Songs for Women Who Complain About Men: Mandopop's Gender Construction in Taiwan and the PRC
Chapter 6. A Man for All Occasions: Charisma and Differing Masculinity in Mandopop
Chapter 7. Mandopop Under Siege: Culturally Bound Criticisms of Taiwan's Pop Music
Notes
Glossary
Discography
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p.141-156), discography (p. 139-140), and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 28. Aug 2019)
ISBN:
0-8248-7081-6
0-8248-3765-7
1-4416-7138-2
OCLC:
663885200
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780824837655 doi