Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 November 2007

328 Pages | 34 b/w halftones, 19 line illus.


ISBN: 9780195321234

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Music from behind the Bridge

Steelband Spirit and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Shannon Dudley

  • The first detailed account of the musical thinking behind the steelband's transformation
  • Includes dozens of interviews with steelband pioneers and contemporary players and arrangers
  • Challenges conventional notions of nationalism by underscoring the way musical thinking and popular culture compete with and shape elite ideology, and contribute to the experiences of national community
  • Argues for the value and significance of music that is participatory, in contrast to music that is experienced as a presentation (E.g. removed from the public on a stage)

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