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Writing, music, dancing, and architecture in Elvis Costello's “Pills and Soap”

David Brackett

in Interpreting Popular Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520225411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225411.003.0005
Writing, music, dancing, and architecture in Elvis Costello's “Pills and Soap”

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This chapter examines Elvis Costello's Pills and Soap in relation to writing, music, dancing, and architecture. It looks at Pills and Soap through contemporary critical discourses about his music, his own statements about his music, discourses on modernism and postmodernism, on the aesthetics of those with legitimate and popular taste and the conflict between 1960s countercultural and 1970s punk aesthetics. It also considers the gap between Costello's 1994 reflections on the artistic process and his 1983 statement which appears to advocate a Romantic notion of unmediated artistic spontaneity.

Keywords: Elvis Costello; Pills and Soap; music; dancing; architecture; artistic process; artistic spontaneity

Chapter.  12550 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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