In this Book

summary
“Are We Not New Wave? is destined to become the definitive study of new wave music.” —Mark Spicer, coeditor of Sounding Out Pop New wave emerged at the turn of the 1980s as a pop music movement cast in the image of punk rock’s sneering demeanor, yet rendered more accessible and sophisticated. Artists such as the Cars, Devo, the Talking Heads, and the Human League leapt into the Top 40 with a novel sound that broke with the staid rock clichés of the 1970s and pointed the way to a more modern pop style. In Are We Not New Wave? Theo Cateforis provides the first musical and cultural history of the new wave movement, charting its rise out of mid-1970s punk to its ubiquitous early 1980s MTV presence and downfall in the mid-1980s. The book also explores the meanings behind the music’s distinctive traits—its characteristic whiteness and nervousness; its playful irony, electronic melodies, and crossover experimentations. Cateforis traces new wave’s modern sensibilities back to the space-age consumer culture of the late 1950s/early 1960s. Three decades after its rise and fall, new wave’s influence looms large over the contemporary pop scene, recycled and celebrated not only in reunion tours, VH1 nostalgia specials, and “80s night” dance clubs but in the music of artists as diverse as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and the Killers.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. One: Tracking the Tide: The New Wave Washes In and Out
  2. pp. 17-44
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Two: The Second British Invasion and Its Aftermath: From New Pop to Modern Rock
  2. pp. 45-70
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Three: From Neurasthenia to Nervousness: The Whiteness of the New Wave
  2. pp. 71-94
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Four: Camp! Kitsch! Trash! New Wave and the Politics of Irony
  2. pp. 95-122
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Five: “(I Wish It Could Be) 1965 Again”: Power Pop and the Mining of Rock’s Modern Past
  2. pp. 123-150
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Six: “Roll Over Guitar Heroes, Synthesizers Are Here . . .”
  2. pp. 151-181
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Seven: Kings of the Wild Frontier
  2. pp. 182-216
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Epilogue: The New Wave Revival
  2. pp. 217-223
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-255
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 257-275
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-294
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780472027590
Related ISBN
9780472115556
MARC Record
OCLC
794700526
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.