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Trouble Songs is a hybrid serial work that tracks the appearance of the word “trouble” in 20th- and 21st-century American music. It reads (and sings) songs and poems, with reference to cultural events ranging from the death of a pop singer to the growth of popular resistance movements. The trouble singer invokes the word “trouble” in place of actual trouble—the song is a spell that conjures trouble (from bad luck and disaffection to infidelity, impotence, destitution, and the specter of death) in a temporary form that can be dis-spelled, if only for the length of the song. Singer and song also open a critical space for making trouble, for stirring the heart and mind. This space is a disjunction in time (and a superimposition of events) where singer and listener collaborate on meaning (un/)making as they temporarily transform trouble.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Track List
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Part One: I Must Be the Devil’s Daughter
  1. “Country Blues,” Dock Boggs
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Trouble Songs: An Invocation
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. David Lynch, Trouble Man
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Trouble Forms: Structure & Approach
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Modes of Trouble — Terms — Elaboration, Embellishment, Embodiment
  2. pp. 27-32
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  1. Not Wanting to (Formally) Listen to Trouble Songs
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. History
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. Trouble Song as Speech Act & Magic Language
  2. pp. 38-41
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  1. Genre Trouble
  2. pp. 42-44
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  1. I’m New Here: The Trouble With Covers
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. The Incantation of Trouble
  2. p. 47
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  1. Trouble Is a Lonesome Town, Lee Hazlewood
  2. p. 48
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  1. History, Continued
  2. p. 49
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  1. “Trouble” vs. “Remember
  2. p. 50
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  1. “Troubled Waters,” Cat Power
  2. p. 51
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  1. “Paths of Victory,” Cat Power
  2. p. 52
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  1. Discomfort & the Cover Condition
  2. p. 53
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  1. “Good Intentions Paving Company,” Joanna Newsom
  2. p. 54
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  1. Trouble in Dreams, Destroyer
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. Part Two: I Know a Place Where There’s Still Something Going On
  1. “Trouble” Songs
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. “Summer Days,” Bob Dylan
  2. p. 63
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  1. You Know That I’m No Good — Amy Winehouse & the Trouble Barrier
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Trouble With History
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory"
  2. p. 68
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  1. The Secret Rider
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Not Wanting to Listen to Trouble Songs, Refrain
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. The Trouble With Superman
  2. pp. 73-75
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  1. Trouble Returns
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. Lost in the Paradise
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Enter Trouble America
  2. p. 80
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  1. Fugue on Anthology Minor
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. Occupied
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. We Who Are [in] Trouble
  2. p. 87
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  1. We Recruit(ed), We Reinscribe(d)
  2. p. 88
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  1. NYTrouble, World Trouble (Hidden Tracks)
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. Part Three: Trouble on the Line
  1. Take Apart: Room by Room
  2. p. 93
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  1. Annie Clark, Becoming “Kerosene"
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. If I Stay Here, Trouble Will Find Me
  2. pp. 96-99
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  1. Trouble Will Find You
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. XXII: Trouble on the Line
  2. pp. 102-106
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  1. One Kind Favor (“See That My Grave Is Kept Clean")
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. Down the Line
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Trouble in Heart
  2. p. 111
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  1. The Circle
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. I’m a Fool to Want You
  2. pp. 116-117
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  1. Lay It Down
  2. pp. 118-120
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  1. Cause You’re Mine
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. Part Four: Back in Trouble
  1. Return to Trouble, That Lonesome Town
  2. pp. 125-127
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  1. Death’s Head, Proud Flesh
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. Nobody Here but We in Trouble
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. A Whole House
  2. p. 132
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  1. Nobody Knows (Great Things to Small)
  2. pp. 133-139
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  1. Catch a Fire: One Thing for Another
  2. p. 140
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  1. By Any Other Name (“Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness")
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 143-145
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  1. The Author Role
  2. p. 146
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  1. The Champ
  2. pp. 147-149
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  1. Dear Trouble
  2. p. 150
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  1. The End of Trouble
  2. p. 151
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  1. Song
  2. p. 152
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  1. Last Call
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. Appendices
  1. Appendix A: Demo
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. Appendix B: Cover
  2. pp. 163-167
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  1. Appendix C: Remix
  2. pp. 168-178
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Index of Titles
  2. pp. 191-198
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 199-205
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781947447448
MARC Record
OCLC
1055408067
Pages
204
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-04
Open Access
Yes
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