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Annoying Music in Everyday Life (Alternate Takes


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Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Slippery concepts: Music, sound, and noise 2. Private individuals and the music from elsewhere 3. Sharing spaces and sounds in public and private 4. Sound, music and violence 5. What music? Taste, moral and value 6. Regarding the sound of the others Epilogue References Index

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Discusses the role of uninvited music in our day-to-day lives and its personal and social impacts.

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Felipe Trotta is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil. He is a musicologist and member of the Latin-America branch of IASPM. He is the author of the books O samba e suas fronteiras [Samba and Its Borders] (2011) and No Ceara nao tem disso nao: nordestinidade e macheza no forro contemporaneo [There Is No Such a Thing in Ceara: Northeastness and Manhood in Contemporary Forro] (2014), and co-editor (with Martha Ulhoa and Claudia Azevedo) of Made in Brazil: Studies in Popular Music (2015).


In view of the increasing facilities of its production, circulation and consumption, the mobilizing capacity of music in the contemporary world is becoming increasingly evident. Inspired by the seminal work of Tia DeNora and carrying out extensive fieldwork, Trotta carefully analyses the sensitive aspects and the production of meanings that involve the daily musical and sound experiences researched. Annoying Music Everyday Life is a fundamental work for those who seek to rethink the consequences of living in an increasingly sonorous, musical and, for many, much louder world. * Micael Herschmann, Professor, Communications Department, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil *
Annoying Music in Everyday Life is more than the engagement with 'bad' music one might expect from its title. Trotta offers a thoughtful, fascinating account of the ways in which music is bound up with nuisance, violence, social conflict and clashes of taste. The book's well-chosen examples range from 19th-century London to 21st-century Rio de Janeiro. Music's capacity to annoy is traced through lively accounts of clashes between neighbours, then explored more abstractly through rich philosophical and political reflection. A gem of a book. * Will Straw, James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies, McGill University, Canada *

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