From Top of the Pops to Woodstock: mediatizations of rock music liveness, 1967-1973

Plowman, Alexander (2016) From Top of the Pops to Woodstock: mediatizations of rock music liveness, 1967-1973. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

This thesis identifies the emerging conventions of rock music liveness in the late-1960s
and early-1970s, and discusses them across media (records, film and television), to
argue that these modes of representation were informed by key changes in rock music
culture of the period.
Using a cross-media, historical approach, supported by textual and contextual analysis,
the thesis aims to move beyond discussions of liveness as myth, focusing instead on the
ways in which it is constructed. To this end, the work analyses how producers navigated
these attitude shifts and negotiated the specificities of each medium to convey liveness
in a way that appealed to both rock fans and music critics. The work moreover identifies
how this process established conventions of representing rock music liveness that
continue to this day.
The thesis is structured in four chapters. The first of these identifies the key shifts in
rock music culture (and associated liveness) in the late-1960s, setting the scene for the
next three chapters, which detail how these shifts were articulated in different media.
Through this approach, the thesis provides a comprehensive view of the meanings of
liveness in rock music cultures, highlighting its historical and contemporaneous
centrality and thus adding to debates around popular music and liveness.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Gillian Aldus
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 11:39
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63131
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