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....
Review: Haunthenticity: Musical Replay and the Fear of the Real by Tracy McMullen
Barry Shank is professor and chair of the Department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University, where he teaches courses in American studies, popular music studies, cultural theory and interdisciplinary methods. He is the author of The Political Force of Musical Beauty (Duke University Press, 2014), A Token of My Affection: Greeting Cards and American Business Culture (Columbia University Press, 2004), and Dissonant Identities: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Scene in Austin, Texas (Wesleyan University Press, 1994). He is the co-editor (with Andy Bennett and Jason Toynbee) of The Popular Music Studies Reader (Routledge, 2009), and (with Janice Radway, Kevin Gaines and Penny Von Eschen) of American Studies: A New Anthology (Wiley/Blackwell, 2009). He has published in American Quarterly, American Studies, boundary 2, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Radical History Review, among others, and he has served on the editorial boards of American Quarterly, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Popular Music. He is currently working on the evidentiary problem of lying in letters.
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Barry Shank; Review: Haunthenticity: Musical Replay and the Fear of the Real by Tracy McMullen. Journal of Popular Music Studies 1 March 2020; 32 (1): 123–125. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2020.32.1.123
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