The Development of Popular Music Function in Film

From the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll to the Death of Disco

  • Anthony Hogg

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture book series (PSAVC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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    Pages 1-22
  3. Anthony Hogg
    Pages 123-150
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    Pages 163-170
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 171-174

About this book


This book offers a unique examination of the development of popular music function in film. It assesses the contribution of popular music to the interpretation of the most significant films, covering the period from rock ‘n’ roll’s initial introduction at the opening ofBlackboard Jungle, to the backlash against disco, which followed soon after the release of Saturday Night Fever. By dividing this period into five phases—The Classical American Musical Phase, The British Invasion Phase, The New Hollywood Alienation Phase, The Disco Phase and The Post-Disco Conservative Phase—the book pinpoints key moments at which individual developments occurred and lays out a path of expansion in popular music function. Each chapter offers close analyses of this period’s most innovative films; examines the cultural, historical, technical and industrial factors peculiar to each phase and considers the influence of these upon the specific timing of functional advances. 


cinema rock n roll disco Classical American British Hollywood Post-Disco 1960s 1970s sound cultural factors function process

Authors and affiliations

  • Anthony Hogg
    • 1
  1. 1.Newton AbbotUK

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