Tainted Love: From Nina Simone to Kendrick Lamar

Tainted Love: From Nina Simone to Kendrick Lamar

Tainted Love: From Nina Simone to Kendrick Lamar

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Discover the intricate origins and present-day relevance of the poignant love anthem with this comprehensive examination.

From the iconic rendition by Soft Cell to Nina Simone's haunting version, Tainted Love delves into the enigma of the twisted romantic ballad, exploring its historical significance and contemporary relevance. This unconventional take on the traditional love song transcends boundaries of gender and generation, challenging our perception of the genre's purpose and impact. Each section of the book delves deep into a single twisted ballad, dissecting its underlying elements of lyrics, melody, and vocals, while also examining its cultural resonance. Through the lens of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Roxy Music, Joni Mitchell, and more, Tainted Love poses the question: What drives songwriters to create and listeners to embrace these distorted tunes?
Alex Coles

Alex Coles is a critic, editor, and Professor of Transdisciplinary Studies at the School of Art, Design, and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is author of DesignArt and Crooner, and the editor of Design & Art (MIT Press) and EP (Sternberg Press).

Materials: Paperback

Size: 7.2 in H x 4.8 in W x 0.3 in T

Item 9783956796586
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