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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2015
... female performer and, in some cases, a pop music sound track; these films include COSMIC RAY (1961), VIVIAN (1964), EASTER MORNING RAGA (1966), and THE WHITE ROSE (1967). This essay examines a work by Conner that combines all of these elements, 1966's BREAKAWAY, an experimental dance film he made...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 134–153.
Published: 01 September 1995
..., and the consequences of cross-over marketing in the music industry. My study attempts to unravel the layers of media representations that construct a contem- porary pop superstar. While my conclusions are specific to Whitney Houston, one could consider any contemporary African American female pop singer...
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (2 (83)): 45–75.
Published: 01 September 2013
... the screening, the songs frequently spoke ironically to the images on-­screen, while the images reinterpreted or accentuated the songs’ lyrics. Through juxtaposition with the film, the songs became resignified as well. I imagine something similar happens every time the film screens with pop music...
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Camera Obscura (2022) 37 (1 (109)): 149–175.
Published: 01 May 2022
... to the past. This interpretation of One Direction's hiatus also combines a form of suspicious reading—in which the word hiatus conceals a truth that the sophisticated fan or journalist can uncover—with a writing of pop music history as inevitably conforming to one particular temporal formula. The job...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 1–9.
Published: 01 September 2007
... arguably became contemporary pop music’s primo uomo when he was asked to be the first man to perform on the VH-1 Divas Live shows (1998 – 2004) in 1999. Allegedly exchanging heated words with each other right before the show, John and Tina Turner went on to perform a ferocious “The Bitch...
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Camera Obscura (2021) 36 (2 (107)): 65–97.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of the TV series South Park (Comedy Central, 1997–) that aired 8 October 2014, devoted to a parody of Auto-Tune. It positioned the modulation of the voice within a wider cultural scene experimenting with the modulation of gender (and the products of the cultural industry—most notably pop music...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (3 (87)): 1–31.
Published: 01 December 2014
...; the institution of the nuclear family; and a budding consumer culture of fashion, music and dance, and automobiles. The reification of the teenager as a pop icon is announced in no uncertain terms by Mambo Girl’s rather odd opening credit sequence. A series of line drawings of dynamic dancing figures...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 1–39.
Published: 01 September 2010
... the company is working.51 One nonrock genre that Daisy Rock no longer ignores is pop, a form of popular music in which many women have excelled. Nonetheless, it is troubling that Debutante’s original featured artist is Miley Cyrus, who is not known as a talented guitar player, a pri- mary...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 39–71.
Published: 01 September 2007
... the governor of Oz, believing that Elphaba has killed herself, but Elphaba is alive, and she leaves Oz with Fiyero to go to another land. Wicked’s music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote Godspell (1971) and Pippin (1972). Its musical style is hummable pop, and its...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 29–59.
Published: 01 May 1996
... da Xuxa contributes to such an image, Simpson argues, with its "glossy, cosmopolitan look," extensive use of generic-sounding disco and pop music, and central emphasis on the fashionably (and often sexily) dressed star." Simpson describes a typical episode: [T...
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Camera Obscura (2007) 22 (2 (65)): 134–139.
Published: 01 September 2007
... interest in Jones’s music, particularly in her early 1980s albums, whose austere pop aesthetic — what Simon Reynolds and Joy Press call “the eroticisation of alienation” — is beginning to sound cutting edge again, in a back-to-the-future kind of way.7 In 2003,  Jones was a special guest at London’s...
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Camera Obscura (1989) 7 (1 (19)): 86–107.
Published: 01 January 1989
... are contemporary, but proceed largely through flashbacks, often motivated by pop music. 21. “ ‘Thirtysomething’: A Chronicle of Everyday Life” C26. Cf. Zwick’s statement that “It’s not that we don’t endorse the larger, sociopolitical concerns of hunger, the homeless...
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Camera Obscura (2019) 34 (3): 157–167.
Published: 01 December 2019
.... For Girls, music supervi- sors Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe secured sync licensing agree- ments with Swedish electro duo Icona Pop, singer-songwriter Lia Ices, and indie dance act Christine and the Queens.8 As part of her development deal with HBO, Rae hired music video direc- tor Melina Matsoukas to direct...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (2 (77)): 123–130.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Francesca Coppa Vidding is a thirty-year-old remix practice in which predominantly female media fans reedit television or film into music videos. Vidding is important not only as an art form in its own right but also as a subcultural — and often feminist — reinterpretation of and confrontation...
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Camera Obscura (1982) 3-4 (2-3-1 (8-9-10)): 192–209.
Published: 01 December 1982
... result, also emphasized by strictly narrative means, is to underline the fact that music in Western society is a consumer item (Nana sells records in Vivre sa vie; Madeleine is a pop singer in Masculinfiminin). Turning finally to what is broadly termed “sound effects,” we en- counter...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 6–11.
Published: 01 September 1995
... text, Shelton traces the political and historical contexts that influence the presentation, popularity, and consumption of particular Black female pop stars. Examining the figure of Houston across the popular media of music, television, and film, Shelton analyzes how Houston manufactures her...
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Camera Obscura (2001) 16 (1 (46)): 47–75.
Published: 01 May 2001
... constellation was suitable for it. The Nouvelle Vague created a new audience but also the music revolution was important. Rock music brought about many changes: people started going to underground films as they would go to concerts, as a form...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 187–219.
Published: 01 December 2004
... is with popular media history—the more aware of film and other media conventions and references—the more engaging the work. Haynes rewards the cinephile (not to mention the television and pop music lover) by peppering his texts with media citations, allu- sions, and recollections, working both to gratify...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (3 (57)): 57–91.
Published: 01 December 2004
... with the Carpenters’ music and the “naive” early-seventies pop culture but also evoke memories of the tapes’ sources. After a decade-plus of underground life, Superstar cannot be discussed outside the context of its distribution. Nor, I argue, can it be analyzed without looking at the meanings encoded onto...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
.... The performance features live music offstage played by volunteer musicians of any skill level on any type of instrument, who are tasked (via iPad) with improvising music to a mixture of text and symbols (e.g., “Boring cafe music and “AwesomeCon ♫★ or the title of recognizable pop songs. Since...