Music and Politics

The Singer as Individual: Pop Singers, Music and Political Propaganda in Contemporary Maltese Electoral Campaigns
Music and Politics (2016) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. np

This article examines the role of pop music in Malta as a tool of political propaganda in contemporary electoral campaigning. Renowned local pop singers have played a very important role in this campaigning. Through the analyses of a number of ...

"It's Morning Again in America": How the Tuesday Team Revolutionized the Use of Music in Political Ads
Music and Politics (2016) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. np

The year 1984 was a watershed in the use of music in U.S. television campaign advertising. Following on the heels of technological developments in sound reproduction in television sets and MTV's inception three years earlier, the 1984 presidential campaign saw ...

Behind the Doors: Perceptions of Reality
Music and Politics (2016) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. np

If it is hyperbolic to claim that the Doors started a whole new discourse on dimensions so important and all-encompassing as aesthetics, ethics, society, and politics, it is nonetheless sensible to discuss whether the band threw the seeds for a ...

How Can Music Be Torturous?: Music in Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camps
Music and Politics (2016) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. np

Singing on command, playing instruments in prisoners' orchestras and having to listen to this music was part of daily life in German Nazi Camps. SS-guards in many concentration and extermination camps purposefully used music to attack prisoners' identities, certainties and ...

Righting and Remembering the Nazi Past: "Suppressed Music" in American Concert Performance
Music and Politics (2016) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. np

Current performance of music denigrated during the Nazi era is remarkably vibrant, wide-ranging, and transnational. To date, however, there has been no in-depth scholarly intervention into any aspect of this work. Given the literature limitations as well as the unwieldy ...

"Lullaby": The Story of a Niggun
Music and Politics (2016) Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. np

This article traces a Hasidic niggun from its origins in Ukraine around 1910, to mandate Palestine in the late 20's, where it acquired a text and became a hit song; to England where it was recorded in 1943; to Nazi ...

The Sound of Media Spectacle: Music at the Party Conventions
Music and Politics (2015) Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. np

Above and beyond bringing aesthetic pleasure through the individual performances of bands and soloists, music at both the pre-mediatized (nineteenth- and early twentieth-century) and media-centered (post-World War II) national or presidential American party conventions has consistently reinforced narratives of party ...

User-Generated Campaign Music and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Music and Politics (2015) Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. np

According to Dewey Clayton's book-length study of Barack Obama's initial Presidential bid, more artists created "unsolicited music and music videos" during 2008 than for any other candidate in American political history. "Unsolicited," user-generated musical posts to websites, especially YouTube increasingly ...

Branding a Cool Celebrity President: Popular Music, Political Advertising, and the 2012 Election
Music and Politics (2015) Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. np

Barack Obama captured global attention in both presidential campaigns by using tropes from popular culture to build his public image. Obama's marketing team expertly wielded the media to publicize his fluency in pop culture trends, contributing to what Douglas Kellner ...

"I've Got a Little List": Spotifying Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Music and Politics (2015) Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. np

During the 2008 and 2012 electoral cycles, the music preferences of presidential candidates became the subject of endless commentary, critique, and consternation. While "a little musical priming," to use Irving Berlin's words, has been par for the course at least ...


Music and Politics is a peer-reviewed electronic journal first published in 2007 and is publishing online twice a year. We welcome submissions of any length that explore the interaction of music and politics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the impact of politics on the lives of musicians, music as a form of political discourse, and the influences of ideology on musical historiography. In addition, we seek articles that examine pedagogical issues and strategies pertaining to the study of Music and Politics in the undergraduate classroom. We also welcome suggestions and/or submissions of relevant articles that have already been published in another language and that would benefit from dissemination in English translation. Submissions are encouraged from both established scholars and graduate students. Because Music and Politics is an on-line journal, authors are welcome to take advantage of the media capabilities of the web (sound files, hyperlinks, color images, and video).

Publisher University of California, Santa Barbara, Music Department
Country United States of America
ISSN (Print) 1938-7687
Indexed 100 articles
Licence Open Access

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