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Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities
Edited by Eoin Devereux, Martin J. Power and Aileen Dillane
An insightful collection of essays that capture the creative influence of Morrissey
About the book
Morrissey is one of the most influential songwriters of our time. He has remained an anti-establishment and outspoken figure who has fought to bring controversial social issues to the forefront of our minds. Morrissey has used his music and his fame as vehicles for social change, singing and speaking out on a variety of issues: including class discrimination, ethnicity, sexuality, vegetarianism and animal rights, delivering his message in velvet sound-bytes and provocative performances.
This important book focuses on Morrissey’s solo career and provides a diverse collection of essays that highlight his creative contribution to music and culture. Working across a range of academic disciplines and approaches (including musicology; ethnography; sociology and cultural studies) these essays seek to make sense of the many complexities and controversies surrounding this iconic performer. Together, these essays examine the often intense fan cultures associated with Morrissey and how his creative work represents many facets of the social world in which we find ourselves. Contributors to this book range from established academics to exciting emerging scholars in a range of fields and geographical locations, each of whom bring particular theoretical, textual and critical perspectives on Morrissey and his work as an artist, a champion of the proletariat, and an elusive and contradictory stage personae.
About the editors
Sociologists Eoin Devereux and Martin J. Power have teamed up with Aileen Dillane an ethnomusicologist to edit this collection of 18 essays. All three editors teach at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and were the organisers of the 2009 Symposium on Morrissey entitled The Songs That Saved Your Life (Again).