'There is much to enjoy in Music, Culture, and Society, many of the readings making one want to go away and read more... This is very much a collection to dip into, rather than to read from cover to cover, and will thus prove useful for postgraduates, or for musicologists wishing to get some idea about debates outside their own immediate concerns.' -Music and Letters
'Timely... presents a diversity of viewpoints around the central subject which often bounce off each other in intriguing ways... Such a collection can perhaps be imagined as a kind of musicological party: some old friends (or perhaps enemies) are here, but there are plenty of new faces to get to know.' -Music and Letters
'This book shows just how thoroughly and irrevocably [the] purist view of classical music has been shattered.' - Ivan Hewett, BBC Music MagazineThe past ten years have witnessed an enormous growth of interest in questions of music history and music meaning, together with their respective relationships to culture and society. From Jacques Attali and Michel Foucault to Lydia Goehr and Portia Maultsby, this reader includes over 35 extracts from works which broke new ground in exploring the cultural and social significance of music at the end of the twentieth century.