• Where does this image come from, and how is it possible to conjure a visual picture of a style of music? How can a picture present what jazz sounds like? PAGE 17

This book gave me the idea of how to combine music and photography together and write my findings in the terms of an essay. In this case asking how people conjure an image in their mind when hearing a piece of music. This was highly helpful to me as I wasn’t sure how I could write mine as a script or an essay.

  • Authenticity was questioned when Richie Edwards carved the words “4REAL” into his arm as a statement of how serious Manic Street Preachers were about creating music.
  • Common act of self-harm in music.
  • Portrays everyday life, includes no props but the usual surroundings making it truer to nature and more authentic as it doesn’t need to add stuff to make it something else. People relate to it more. Singing along, straining the throat, till the throat is soar is the fans version of harm as that of the musician’s authenticity.
  • Loss of control, premeditation and privacy are needed

Leading on from the last book this one focused on the idea of authenticity and how it is shown. However, even though it turns some artists into a way to question their mentality at the time. Music gives the answer as authenticity is based on how deep or outrageous the musician behaves in terms of their of their music as compared to what the music means. Which even though I question this as a way of proving their music makes me wonder why it is seen like it or what is the different between the music. However, I feel even though it gives an idea in terms of music for the emotional and mental stability it does make me think more about the music and image authenticity in terms of it’s creation being authentic.


Speaks of how Rolling Stones appearance and performance is based on sexualized behaviour. Focusing on the subject of violence within culture especially through Rock music. Also bought about by cultist behaviour and the image of death. Through the title I got it to be more about the emphasis on the notes or lyrics and was about music but other than that I wasn’t sure how the book would relate. However, with reading it I found that it was insightful on the Rolling Stones so I think I may look into more of their performances and media experience.


Looks at the angle of the commercial influence on music where it has come to be a performer needs the money to survive as a musician to fit the media appeal. Feeling that rock music is based on performance and spontaneity where a performance was based on the there and then. Now it is all rehearsed and hours of practice. This I found was interesting as music has all been down to the idea of travel, rehearse, perform however this book suggests the idea of music becoming more of the here and now. Where impromptu gigs have originated from but now society has become under the impression where performance without practice is unthought-of. Meaning that now people are prepared for what is going to happen, even though people capture imagery of the event there is a possibility the night after will be the same. Adding more contexts into my understanding and also building on the angle of documenting an event.

  • Front stage is the realm of the audience, ruled by a scene of community, adherence to the codes of a valued subculture, and expressive-emotional experience . The stage itself is the site of the mediation of there two worlds by the performing artist who binds them together with music. (Weinstein, 1991: 199-200) PAGE 58

Explains how the event in terms of who they are and location hold a set feeling for why the audience and the musician are there and the power the feeling has.

This book was interesting and informative in finding quotes that link to what I wanted to say within performance to some extent as to how people interact so to be captured in photographs.

  • This book looks at how music becomes popular in media, the set layout for how many times a song can be played within a length of time. Also stating higher culture and popular music. Popular = what everyone listens to in working culture. (Sounds heard in the media). While higher culture is for those who take more of an interest to hear in wanting to learn. Expressing why people listen to music but also reminding me of the book THE SOUND AND THE CITY but with more of a suggestion for moving my research forward, due to the suggestion of essays Desperately Seeking The Audience and Image-Music-Text

Also looking at journals I came across this…


Talks of how photography is dying within the rules of music culture due to the rules of 3 songs no flash and camera phones. So to ask what is the future within the art form and how it is going to turn out to be. Something that is important to me with wanting to go into the field as the limit on the photographer is enforced unless you are well respected enough to have the option to say no. Meaning you have less time to capture your images and more stress to worry about. Plus less need for fans as they have their own from their point of view. 


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