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Refashioning Pop Music in Asia by Brian Shoesmith, Ned Rossiter, Allen Chun

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7 Magical mystical tourism (debate dub version)

John Hutnyk

 

 

The first part of this chapter is a straightforward (in some ways) essay which discusses the uses of South Asian music and cultural forms by the band Kula Shaker. It was presented at the Perth symposium and so bears some of the marks of writing for oral presentation. As there was some lively discussion and criticism there, I have tried to recapture some of that engagement here through the device of a supplementary discussion. Thus the second part of the present chapter opens up some of the polemical angles of the first part through debate with a magazine editor, a ‘world music’ practitioner and with comrades (there is, of course, some degree of fudge in the construction of these ...

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