Shaw Center director Jonathan Rhodes Lee has published an article in the latest issue of the international Journal of Musicology. Lee’s contribution, “Texts, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Easy Rider and the Compilation Soundtrack,” is the first musicological article to take the famous 1968 film as its primary focus. Lee draws on filmmaker commentary, critical writing about Easy Rider, as well as scholarship from popular culture studies, film studies, literary theory, and musicology to support his own interpretive readings of this film’s interactions of image, music, and narrative. Lee also sketches out a general theory of inter- and intratextuality that might be applied to other films with popular compilation soundtracks, pointing out possible directions for further research.
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Shaw Center, Director, and musicologist) has just published a book, Film Music in the Sound Era, with the Routledge publishing firm.
The book offers a comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on music in sound film (1927–2017). Thematically organized sections cover historical studies, studies of musicians and filmmakers, genre studies, theory and aesthetics, and other key aspects of film music studies. Broad coverage of works from around the globe, paired with robust indexes and thorough cross-referencing, make this research guide an invaluable tool for all scholars and students investigating the intersection of music and film.
This guide is published in two volumes:
Volume 1: Histories, Theories, and Genres covers overviews, historical surveys, theory and criticism, studies of film genres, and case studies of individual films.
Volume 2: People, Cultures, and Contexts covers individual people, social and cultural studies, studies of musical genre, pedagogy, and the industry.