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The premature deaths of Amy Winehouse (2011) and Whitney Houston (2012), and the ’resurrection’ of Tupac Shakur for a functionality on the Coachella tune pageant in April 2012, have centred the media highlight at the dating among renowned track, repute and loss of life. If the word ’sex, medicinal drugs and rock’n’roll’ ever certified a way of life, it has left many casualties in its wake, and with the ranks of lifeless musicians transforming into over the years, so the kinds of demise concerned and the reactions to them have assorted. Conversely, as many artists who fronted the rock’n’roll revolution of the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties proceed to age, the assumption of death younger and leaving a gorgeous corpse (which gave upward thrust, for example, to the parable of the ’27 Club’) now not incorporates a similar resonance that it as soon as may have performed. This edited assortment explores the reception of lifeless rock stars, ’rock’ being taken within the widest feel because the artists mentioned belong to the genres of rock’n’roll (Elvis Presley), disco (Donna Summer), pop and pop-rock (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse), punk and post-punk (GG Allin, Ian Curtis), rap (Tupac Shakur), people (the Dutchman André Hazes) and ’world’ song (Fela Kuti). while track artists die, their fellow musicians, manufacturers, enthusiasts and the media react in a different way, and this e-book brings jointly their intertwining modalities of reception. the economic influence of loss of life on checklist revenues, copyrights, and print media is taken into account, and different justifications by means of dwelling artists for being concerned with the lifeless, via covers, sampling and tributes. The cultural illustration of lifeless singers is investigated via obituaries, biographies and biopics, gazing that posthumous repute offers coping mechanisms for enthusiasts, and shoppers of pop culture extra quite often, to accommodate the data in their personal mortality. analyzing the contrasting ways that female and male useless singers are portrayed within the media.

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6–41. Stengs, Irene (2009) ‘Death and Disposal of the People’s Singer: The Body and Bodily Practices in Commemorative Ritual’, Mortality, 14 (2), pp. 102–18. ——— (2010) ‘Echt André. Belichaming en beleving van ruige authenticiteit onder André Hazesfans’, Sociologie, 6 (2), pp. 50–70. Taussig, Michael (1993) Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses. New York and London: Routledge. Verdery, Katherine (1999) The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Postsocialist Change. New York: Columbia University Press.

Thomas-Jones, Angela (2008) ‘Emo is not the New Black: Current Affairs Journalism and the Marking of Popular Culture’, Metro Magazine: Media and Education Magazine, 156, pp. 72–7. Weisethaunet, Hans and Ulf Lindberg (2010) ‘Authenticity Revisited: The Rock Critic and the Changing Real’, Popular Music and Society, 33 (4), pp. 465–85. Williams, Kate (2010) Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain’s Greatest Monarch. New York: Ballantine. Part I Death and Taboo This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 2 The Afterlife of the People’s Singer: Bodily Matters in a Dutch Sing-along Culture Irene Stengs One stereotypical way in which many people in the Netherlands like to think of ‘the Dutch’ is as a sober-minded, commonsensical people.

As during Hazes’s concerts, people were waving scarves bearing his name, others were dressed as look-alikes. Some had brought banners and posters with the singer’s image, or objects referring to his most popular songs. Many were rather cheerful, clearly having a good time and enjoying the event, and quite a few of them had a beer in their hands. Yet, this festive atmosphere was hard to reconcile with the real-life grief of the mourning family also in attendance, which made the event fascinating and embarrassing at the same time.

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