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Off Key: When Film and Music Won't Work Together

Kay Dickinson


This book offers a study of how certain alliances of music and film are judged aesthetic failures. Based on a fascinating and wide-ranging body of film-music mismatches, and using contemporary reviews and histories of the turn to post-industrialization, the book expands the ways in which the union of the film and music businesses can be understood. Moving beyond the typical understanding of film music that privileges the score, the book also incorporates analyses of rock 'n' roll movies, composer biopics, and pop singers crossing over into acting. By doing this, it provides a fuller picture of ... More

Keywords: music, film, post-industrialization, biopics, composers, pop singers, acting, synergistic strategies, creative industries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kay Dickinson, author
Goldsmiths College, University of London