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Dancing In The Distraction Factory: Music Television and Popular Culture
by Andrew Goodwin
University of Minnesota Press, 1992
Paper: 978-0-8166-2063-0
Library of Congress Classification PN1992.8.M87G66 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.45657

This first comprehensive, integrated analysis of MTV provides new ways to understand television and popular music narratives.

"Goodwin's approach is multidisciplinary, highly detailed, very perceptive-and it works. The industrial approach to music television favored here covers a lot of ground and provides the kind of clear, focused thinking so often lacking in other accounts of MTV." --Cinefocus

"This thoroughly researched and annotated book does a splendid job of geting to the heart of music television and its relationship with popular culture." --Popular Culture in Libraries

"Reasonably but firmly takes on the postmodern analysis of MTV as a pastiche of deliberately unmeaningful images and what are called in the trade 'blank parodies' of other 'texts.'" --Chicago Reader

"Goodwin achieves his ambition to 'advance and reframe' the debates around music video and music television" --Journal of Popular Music

"A smart book: it will have an impact on the debates surrounding popular culture." --Susan McClary

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