Readership: Readers in television history (especially baby boomers who grew up watching many of the programs discussed in the book), students and instructors in music theory and/or media studies. Musicologists/Music Theory students & scholars interested in hermeneutics and popular music.
Ronald Rodman, Professor, Carleton College
Introduction. What Were Musicians Saying About Television Music During the First Decade of Broadcasting?
I: Toward an Associative Theory of Television Music
2: "Hello Out There in TV Land": Musical Agency in the Early Television Anthology Drama
3: "And Now a Word from Our Sponsor: Musical Structure and Mediation in Early TV Commercials
4: "Beam Me Up, Scottie!" Leitmotifs, Musical Topos, and Ascription in the Sci-Fi Drama
5: "Go for your Guns:" Narrative Syntax and Musical Functions in the TV Western
6: Tube of Pleasure, Tube of Bliss: Television Music as (Not-So) Drastic Experience
7: "And Now Another Word from our Sponsor:" Strategies of Occultation and Imbuement in Musical Commercials
8: "Just the Facts, Ma'am:" Style Change and Markedness in Police Drama Theme Music
9: "The Truth is Out There:" Music in Modern/Postmodern Television