Details

ISBN-10: 022615162X
ISBN-13: 9780226151625
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 02/24/2014
Dimensions: 8.96" L, 6.11" W, 0.79" H

The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture

Paperback

Price: $31.00

Overview

From the early days of radio through the rise of television after World War II to the present, music has been used more and more to sell goods and establish brand identities. And since the 1920s, songs originally written for commercials have become popular songs, and songs written for a popular audience have become irrevocably associated with specific brands and products. Today, musicians move flexibly between the music and advertising worlds, while the line between commercial messages and popular music has become increasingly blurred.

Timothy D. Taylor tracks the use of music in American advertising for nearly a century, from variety shows like The Clicquot Club Eskimos to the rise of the jingle, the postwar upsurge in consumerism, and the more complete fusion of popular music and consumption in the 1980s and after. The Sounds of Capitalism is the first book to tell truly the history of music used in advertising in the United States and is an original contribution to this little-studied part of our cultural history.

Read More
Reviews
"In The Sounds of Capitalism, Timothy D. Taylor presents a rich and compelling story about music's emergence within the broad fields of US advertising and consumer culture. With great clarity and critical acumen, Taylor charts a complex history of the various ways in which advertisers have relied on music in order to sell consumer goods, employing strategies which, over time, have produced a complex semiotics blurring distinctions between the auditory and the material, between taste in music and desire for purchasable things. Taylor's book is stunning in its exhaustive accounting of a vast, unexplored territory in US cultural history. And as we read through the tale, we gain something even more: a startling realization of how deeply intertwined our musical values and practices of consumption really are. The book promises to become a major text in the history of consumption as it establishes a new foundation in the study of US popular music."–Ronald Radano "University of Wisconsin-Madison"
More Reviews

Details

ISBN-10: 022615162X
ISBN-13: 9780226151625
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 02/24/2014
Dimensions: 8.96" L, 6.11" W, 0.79" H
Skip to content