ISBN-10:
0520236548
ISBN-13:
9780520236547
Pub. Date:
04/26/2004
Publisher:
University of California Press
Popular Music and National Culture in Israel / Edition 1

Popular Music and National Culture in Israel / Edition 1

by Motti Regev, Edwin SeroussiMotti Regev
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Overview

A unique Israeli national culture—indeed, the very nature of "Israeliness"—remains a matter of debate, a struggle to blend vying memories and backgrounds, ideologies and wills. Identifying popular music as an important site in this wider cultural endeavor, this book focuses on the three major popular music cultures that are proving instrumental in attempts to invent Israeliness: the invented folk song repertoire known as Shirei Eretz Israel; the contemporary, global-cosmopolitan Israeli rock; and the ethnic-oriental musica mizrahit. The result is the first ever comprehensive study of popular music in Israel.

Motti Regev, a sociologist, and Edwin Seroussi, an ethnomusicologist, approach their subject from alternative perspectives, producing a truly interdisciplinary, sociocultural account of music as a feature and a force in the shaping of Israeliness. A major ethnographic undertaking, describing and analyzing the particular history, characteristics, and practices of each music culture, Popular Music and National Culture in Israel maps not only the complex field of Israeli popular music but also Israeli culture in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520236547
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/26/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)

About the Author

Motti Regev is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the Open University of Israel. He is the author of Rock: Music & Culture (1995) and Oud and Guitar: The Musical Culture of the Arabs in Israel (1993). Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Popular Music and National Culture
PART I: CULTURAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXTS
1. A Short Introduction to Israeli Culture
2. Israeli Institutions of Popular Music

PART II: POPULAR MUSIC AND NATIONALIST IDEOLOGY
3. Shirei Eretz Yisrael (Songs of the Land of Israel)
4. "In Spite of it All, She Has Something": Popular Songs in the Yishuv and Early Nationhood
5. The Lehaqot Tzvayiot (Army Ensembles)
6. "And the Winner Is . . . ": Popular Song Festivals

PART III: ISRAELI ROCK
7. The Invention of Israeli Rock
8. The Coming of Rock

PART IV: MUSIQA MIZRA{HU}IT
9. Musiqa Mizra{hu}it: Origins, Style, Production, and Public
10. From "Neighborhood" to the Charts: Musiqa Mizra{hu}it and Legitimacy
Conclusion

Select Discography
Works Cited
Song and Album Index
Name Index
Subject Index

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