Men, Masculinity and the Beatles

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Routledge, Apr 22, 2016 - Music - 218 pages
Drawing on methodologies and approaches from media and cultural studies, sociology, social history and the study of popular music, this book outlines the development of the study of men and masculinities, and explores the role of cultural texts in bringing about social change. It is against this backdrop that The Beatles, as a cultural phenomenon, are set, and their four live action films, spanning the years 1964-1970, are examined as texts through which to read changing representations of men and masculinity in 'the Sixties'. Dr Martin King considers ideas about a male revolt predating second-wave feminism, The Beatles as inheritors of the possibilities of the 1950s and The Beatles' emergence as men of ideas: a global cultural phenomenon that transgressed boundaries and changed expectations about the role of popular artists in society. King further explores the chosen Beatle texts to examine discourses of masculinity at work within them. What emerges is the discovery of discourses around resistance, non-conformity, feminized appearance, pre-metrosexuality, the male star as object of desire, and the emergence of The Beatles themselves as a text that reflected the radical diversity of a period of rapid social change. King draws valuable conclusions about the legacy of these discourses and their impact in subsequent decades.
 

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Contents

1 Why the Beatles? A Rationale
1
2 Social Change the Sixties and the Beatles
19
3 Men and Masculinities
45
The Role of Representation
69
5 Its Been a Hard Days Night and Ive Been Working Like a Dog
87
6 Help I Need Somebody Help
107
7 Roll Up for the Mystery Tour
123
8 Let It Be
137
Reimagining the Englishman Some Concluding Thoughts
151
And In The End
157
References
161
Film TV Radio
177
Songs
181
LPs
191
Index
193
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Dr Martin King is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University. His current research interests include popular music, representations of police and policing in the media and the portrayal of Social Work in UK film and TV.

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