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Presence and Pleasure
The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament
Anne Danielsen

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• PREFACE
• ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
• BLACK AND/OR WHITE: INTRODUCTORY PERSPECTIVES
• Whose Funk?
• James Brown and Parliament—A Short History
• Whose Funk?
• Understanding Funk—Hermeneutic Challenges
• Two Discourses on Blackness
• The Primitivist Representation of Black Culture
• Black Is Beautiful!—Black Music and Black Struggle
• A Common Source of Otherness?
• A BRAND NEW BAG: ANALYTICAL INVESTIGATIONS
• From Songs to Grooves
• A Fabric of Rhythm
• On Multilinear Rhythm
• Virtuality—Actuality, Figure—Gesture
• The Heterogeneous Sound Ideal
• The Conversational Mode
• On Internal Beat
• Genre and Individuality—The Art of Signifyin(g)
• Rhythm and Counter-Rhythm
• Simple Syncopation or Secondary Rag?
• A Tendency of Cross-Rhythm
• Limitation, Concealment, Fragmentation—On the Perfectly Imperfect Balance
• Rhythm and Counter-Rhythm—A Metrical Romance
• “The Downbeat, in Anticipation”
• “Sex Machine”
• On and Off—On Displacement, Offbeat Phrasing, and the Way to Treat Strong Beats
• More on Manner—James Brown as Vocal Percussionist
• Disturbing the Internal Beat
• The Pulse of the Rhythm and the Pulse of the Counter-Rhythm
• Ants and Downstrokes
• FUNK IN THE CROSSOVER ERA
• A Brand(ed) New Fad
• Social Change and the Era of Crossover
• Hot, Hot, Hot . . . ?—James Brown at Polydor
• . . . And Beyond—The Despiritualization of Funk
• The Influence of Disco
• “Some Say It’s Funk after Death”
• P-Funk as Black Consolidation
• The Rhythm on One
• Extended Ambiguity—“The Ifs, the Ands, and the Buts . . .”
• The Funk Riff
• Grounded Ambiguity—On the Stable Unstable
• One Nation under a Groove!—The Gospel of Dr. Funkenstein
• Analytical Afterthoughts
• “ONCE UPON A TIME CALLED NOW!”: TEMPORALITIES AND EXPERIENCE
• “The Payback”
• The State of Being in Funk
• The Groove Mode and the Song Mode of Listening
• Time and Again
• The Dominance of Linear Temporality
• Eternal Present vs. Eternal Presence—On Different Nonlinearities
• Repetition vs. Repetition
• Repetition with a Difference
• Repetition in Time
• Repetition as Production
• Repetitive Production in Grooves
• Circularity and the One
• Between Song and Groove
• Groove Becoming Song
• The Dissolution of the Hierarchy of Sequences
• Song Becoming Groove
• The Pure Groove
• Consecration, Cut, and a New Beginning
• Continuity and Breaks
• Groove vs. Nonsong
• Feeling, Intensity, and the Sublimity of the Event
• Funk (A)live
• The Imploding Event
• I Feel Good!—The Feeling of Feeling
• Give Me a Break!—Intervention and Intensity
• “Once Upon a Time Called Now!”
• Presence and Pleasure
• The Veiling of Musical Means
• Externalizing the Internal Other
• Body vs. Time—Renaming the Internal Other?
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:07:13 -0500