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The Poetry of Pop by [Bradley, Adam]
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“Mr. Bradley skillfully breaks down a century of standards and pop songs into their elements to reveal the interaction of craft and art in composition and performance.”—Dominic Green, The Wall Street Journal

“Adam Bradley is unafraid to blur the boundaries… he can be warm and insightful.  He highlights differences between modern poetry and pop music by arguing that if you showed an ancient Greek or an Elizabethan Ashberry’s poem “... by an Earthquake” alongside Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”, the time travellers would identify the neatly rhyming Swift as the poet.”—Victoria Segal, Sunday Times

“A sort of readers’ manual for pop, calmly taking the reader through the different aspects of analysing songs, and thereby appreciating them better . . . What elevates The Poetry of Pop, though, is the continuous animating presence of Bradley’s humour, intelligence and eye for detail . . . I have never read a smarter, clearer or more compelling guide to reading poetry.”—Tim Smith-Laing, Daily Telegraph

“Having wrestled with the poetics of rap and hip-hop in his earlier tomes, Bradley here buckles the reader into place for a trip through the myriad effects of pop . . . Along the way, the language of serious poetry criticism is put to engaging use . . . [and] makes for some interesting insights.”—Dickon Edwards, The Wire

“Author Adam Bradley finds the poetry in a century of popular music, from the tunes and lyrics of Bob Dylan and Rihanna to Beyoncé and the Beatles.”—Parade magazine

“Adam Bradley has written a groundbreaking study. Its critical mélange of literary criticism, musicology, neuroscience, and songwriters is especially apt, imaginative, and noteworthy.”—Anthony Bolden, University of Kansas

“This book mounts a powerful defense of pop music’s artistry. Bradley’s book is filled with provocative claims, offered clearly, intelligently, and persuasively.”—David Caplan, Ohio Wesleyan University

“Adam Bradley ingeniously unknots an argument ongoing since the first listener spun down the AM dial in search of the right song: what is the relationship between the words and notes in pop music?  With accessible virtuosity, Bradley examines pop music’s motifs and lyric gestures in new and wholly unexpected ways. This superb book is a must for all of us who love the language of music and are moved as much by the lyrics as by the guitar solos.”—Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke 

"Idiosyncratic and infuriating, refusing systems and standards, this mad little book is irreplaceable for its appendices alone."—Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields

About the Author

Adam Bradley is professor of English and founding director of the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture (RAP Lab) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop and coeditor of The Anthology of Rap.

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  • File Size: 3598 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XCYZ7XT
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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