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Soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever

Clinton Walker

Saturday Night Fever is simultaneously one the biggest-selling albums of all time and one of the most reviled. How can a record create such a polarizing reaction?

Australian writer Clinton Walker attempts to answer that question and finds that, among other things, a certain seemingly unlikely Australianness is part of the reason.

Fever was a supernova for disco, for the Bee Gees, for the domineering Robert Stigwood, producer of the film and is its true auteur, and for the entire record business. This book traces all the interdependent convolutions that fed into the film and its music - not least the Australian roots that Stigwood and Gibb brothers shared, which gave them an Otherness and almost gormless, shape-shifting self-determination - and it finds that sometimes great art can be made by a committee ... that sometimes, five songs are enough to change the world.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Sep 5th, 2024
  • Pages: 152
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.75in - 5.00in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9798765109687
  • Categories: Individual Composer & MusicianPrinted Music - Musicals, Film & TVFilm - History & Criticism

About the Author

Stratton, Jon: - Jon Stratton is Adjunct Professor in UniSA Creative at the University of South Australia and a member of the university's Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre. Jon has worked at universities in the UK and Australia and held a Rockefeller Fellowship at the University of Iowa in 1998. His areas of interest include Popular Music, Cultural Studies, Australian Studies, Jewish Cultural Studies and Media Studies. He is the sole author of 12 books and has co-edited four. In 2002 he published Australian Rock: Essays on Popular Music. His most recent books include Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945 (edited with Nabeel Zuberi, 2014), When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines 1945-2010 (2014) and An Anthology of Australian Albums: Critical Engagements (edited with Jon Dale and Tony Mitchell, 2020).
Dale, Jon: - Jon Dale is a writer and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches across a number of fields (popular music, experimental writing, media studies, criminology, sociology, screen studies) at a number of institutions. He also writes for the English music magazine Uncut, and contributes liner notes and essays to a number of record labels and other publications. He is currently working on several books about DIY and post-punk music, and texts on experimental film and diary film making. He also runs the record labels Tristes Tropiques and Rose Hobart.