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Music Pop Vocal

Randy Newman

American Dreams

by (author) Kevin Courrier

Publisher
ECW Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2005
Category
Pop Vocal, Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550226904
    Publish Date
    Jun 2005
    List Price
    $22.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554901319
    Publish Date
    Jun 2005
    List Price
    $11.95

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Description

In addition to covering the life, music, and philosophy of Randy Newman, an enigmatic and audacious American composer, this biography looks at why he has been so largely unacknowledged—and misunderstood—by listeners and fans alike. Delving into the reasons for Newman's peripheral status on the cultural landscape, this suggests that, at heart, he has always been a musical outsider, that he has even built his mainstream career on a brilliant disguise. Using the conventions of American pop as a devious strategy, Newman incorporates into his barbed and satirical work the role of the untrustworthy narrator. In his songs, he wickedly enacts character dramas in order to play a variety of dubious roles: a slave trader in "Sail Away," a stalker in "Suzanne," a born-again yuppie in "It's Money That I Love," and an American demagogue in "Political Science." This is an illuminating portrait of an American artist as a masked man, an artful dodger who remains an American music enigma.

About the author

Kevin Courrier is the author of several books, including Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World of Zappa, and Randy Newman's American Dreams. He has been a writer/broadcaster and film critic for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) since 1990.

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