Contextualizing musical rhetoric: A critical reading of the pixies' “Rock Music”

  title={Contextualizing musical rhetoric: A critical reading of the pixies' “Rock Music”},
  author={Theodore Matula},
  journal={Communication Studies},
  pages={218 - 237}
Rhetorical studies of popular music have privileged formalist analysis of musical score and lyrics, suggesting a need for greater inclusion of contextual factors. By explicitly attending to the rhetorical context, critics are more likely to warrant critical judgments within social and cultural discourses, reconceptualize musical texts in intertextual terms, and actively reflect on critical performance. Such a strategy is illustrated through the critical study of the Pixies’ “Rock Music,”; a… 
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