A delightfully ambitious and thought-provoking book, Tracy McMullen's Haunthenticity gives us so much more than a critique of twenty-first century musical reproductions and tribute bands. Above all, this is a book about our fear of the Real, and it offers a more healthy and productive way of living with the Real. At its most stimulating, this book urges us to face the conceptual and affective consequences of living in a world of total flux, a social world of fracture and dislocation. This is what McMullen means by the Real—impermanence, instability, and death. No wonder we fear it. But her book is not nearly so dour as a sermon by Jonathan Edwards....

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