Scott Walker and the song of the one-all-alone

Wilson, Scott (2020) Scott Walker and the song of the one-all-alone. New York, U.S. : Bloomsbury. 232p. (EX:Centrics) ISBN 9781501332593

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Abstract

Scott Walker and the Song of the One-All-Alone offers, in detailed interpretative commentaries of his best songs, a sustained assessment of the work and career of Scott Walker, one of the most significant and perplexing artists of the late 20th and 21st century. For Brian Eno, Walker was not only a great composer and a superlative lyricist but also a significant contemporary poet. Marc Almond goes further, 'an absolute musical genius, existential and intellectual and a star right from the days of The Walker Brothers'. As Almond suggests, Walker's work is marked by a continual engagement with existentialist philosophy informing his approach to art, politics and life. In particular, the device of the solitary figure or 'one-all-alone' evoked in his songs provides the basis for his lyrical exploration of the singularity of existence – in all its darkness as well as light. Through following his own path, Walker arrived at a unique sound according to his own method that produced a genuinely new form of song. Looking closely at these songs, this book also considers the wider political implications of his approach in its rejection of external authorities and common or consensual ideals.

Item Type: Book
Research Area: Communication, cultural and media studies
English language and literature
Music
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Kingston School of Art
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 12:39
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 12:39
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/43687

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