More Than a Performance: Song Lyrics and the Practices of Songwriting

Negus, Keith and Astor, Pete. 2014. More Than a Performance: Song Lyrics and the Practices of Songwriting. In: Lee Marshall and Dave Laing, eds. Popular Music Matters, Essays In Honour of Simon Frith. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 195-208. ISBN 9781472421791 [Book Section]

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The chapter takes its inspiration and starting point from Simon Frith's writings about song lyrics. Extending Frith's focus on lyrics as performance, it argues that lyrics can be approached independently from their performed context (without being treated naively as poetry). It also argues that the practices of songwriters, briefly discussed, should be more central to popular music research and study.

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Pete Astor is a critically acclaimed songwriter, and teaches popular music at the University of Westminster.

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Music > Popular Music Research Unit



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03 Oct 2014 08:24

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29 Apr 2020 16:43


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