Rancid Aphrodisiac : Subjectivity, Desire, and Rock 'n' Roll, Paperback / softback Book

Rancid Aphrodisiac : Subjectivity, Desire, and Rock 'n' Roll Paperback / softback


It has been sixty years since Rock `n' Roll exploded into the mainstream, yet we remain limited in our understanding of how its bawdy excesses absorbed into the annals of mass popularity in such a short amount of time.

Mickey Vallee asks: what if the Rock `n' Roll eruption was nothing less than postwar consumer capitalism at its very best, precisely because it was taken as its very worst? Vallee explores the emergence of Rock `n' Roll's from an entirely new theoretical disposition in order to answer this question, drawing mainly from Lacanian cultural psychoanalysis to reveal that Rock `n' Roll was far more conformist than we are generally led to believe; namely, that it was conformist with emerging liberal principles of freedom from the tyranny of the state.

Vallee supports this proposition with detailed analyses of familiar (and not-so-familiar) characters and texts in Rock `n' Roll to suggest that the disruption of our symbolic economy was symptomatic of a new cultural logic of economic freedom. While not denying Rock `n' Roll's role in the pre-civil rights movement, Vallee refuses the possibility to deny that Rock `n' Roll's symbolic efficacy ultimately coordinated a neoliberal foundation to the ideology of individualism in its rhythm, instrumentation, lyrics, and vocals, where its power was at its most effective and affective.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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  • Category: Theory of music & musicology
  • ISBN: 9781501322174


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