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Recognized primarily for its commercial breakthrough, Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap (USA, 1984), the music mockumentary genre comprises dozens of films addressing a range of musical styles and performers in comedic ways. This chapter presents a genealogy of the music mockumentary, detailing its successes, limits, and potential in the contemporary history of film and television comedy. Styled primarily upon the rockumentary genre, the basic premise of the music mockumentary is comedic engagement with the world of popular music through satire, farce, or parody, using the representational strategies of nonfiction. The format leverages the audience’s knowledge of the codes and conventions of the rockumentary genre and, more generally, those of popular music, to establish and deliver its comedic premise.

ISBN

9781138577565

Publication Date

5-8-2019

Publisher

Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Number of Pages

9

Keywords

humor in music, popular music, history and criticism.

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Music

Faculty

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHASS)

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Baker, M.B. & Lester, P. (2019) It’s Such a Fine Line Between Stupid and Clever: A Genealogy of the Music Mockumentary. In Kitts, T. M., & Baxter-Moore, N. The routledge companion to popular music and humor. (257-265). London;New York;: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

It’s Such a Fine Line Between Stupid and Clever: A Genealogy of the Music Mockumentary

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