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Love Songs: A Hidden History Ted Gioia

Love Songs: A Hidden History

Ted Gioia

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ISBN : 9780199357581
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332 pages
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The love song is timeless. From its beginnings, it has been shaped by bohemians and renegades, slaves and oppressed minorities, prostitutes, immigrants and other excluded groups. But what do we really know about the origins of these intimateMoreThe love song is timeless. From its beginnings, it has been shaped by bohemians and renegades, slaves and oppressed minorities, prostitutes, immigrants and other excluded groups. But what do we really know about the origins of these intimate expressions of the heart? And how have our changing perceptions about topics such as sexuality and gender roles changed our attitudes towards these songs? In this book, Ted Gioia uncovers the unexplored story of the love song. Drawing on two decades of research, Gioia presents the full range of love songs, from the fertility rites of ancient cultures to the sexualized YouTube videos of the present day. The book traces the battles over each new insurgency in the music of love - whether spurred by wandering scholars of medieval days or by four lads from Liverpool in more recent times.