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This book provides the first comprehensive musicologically-informed account of Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. Björk is internationally recognized for her unique and innovative musical style, as well as her collaborative working relationship with artists, musicians and sound engineers. Her work crosses the boundaries between club and dance culture and ‘high art’. Björk has won numerous awards, including Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film Dancer in the Dark, for which she also wrote the music. Nicola Dibben presents an analysis of audio and video tracks, live performances and recorded sound, viewed through the critical reception, interviews and fanzines that surround Björk’s music. This analysis reveals recurrent cultural themes brought into focus by her music: landscape and identity, the relationship between humans and technology, song as a vehicle for emotional expression, and female autonomy. Reference is made to the whole of Björk’s career, but the focus is on her solo career from Debut onwards. Additional chapters on Björk’s compositional process – with newly gathered interview material – and on the critical-musicological approach adopted in the book round out this original study.

Published: Mar 1, 2009


Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements Nicola Dibben
Copyright acknowledgements Nicola Dibben
Introduction Nicola Dibben
Biographical overview Nicola Dibben
Nationalism Nicola Dibben
Nature Nicola Dibben
Technology Nicola Dibben
Sound Nicola Dibben
Emotion Nicola Dibben
Contribution Nicola Dibben
End Matter
Notes Nicola Dibben
References Nicola Dibben
Discography and Filmography Nicola Dibben
Index Nicola Dibben

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’I would certainly recommend this text to anyone interested in Björk, as it is highly informative and interesting. Lecturers may find certain chapters particularly useful to introduce or expand to their undergraduate students themes such as nature and technology.’
Chloë Mullett, Lecturer in Popular Music Studies , Liverpool Hope University, Popular Music History 4.1 (2009)