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Justify My Love
Sex, Subversion, and Music Video
By (author): Ryann Donnelly
9781912248414 Paperback, Trade English General Trade MUSIC / History & Criticism Apr 16, 2019
$16.95 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.7 x 0.93 in 326 pages Watkins Media Repeater
An analysis of sex and gender in music videos, covering everyone from Beyonce to Madonna, Nine Inch Nails to Mykki Blanco.

In Justify My Love, Ryann Donnelly explores sex and gender in one of the most widely consumed art forms of our age—the music video.

Through an autobiographical reckoning with the author’s life in a band and collaboration with past lovers, and a close analysis of the erotic iconography of music videos, Justify My Love tells the subversive history of this medium, from the inception of MTV in 1981 through to the 2010s.

Covering everything from Lady Gaga and Beyonce to Nine Inch Nails and George Michael, Justify My Love shows how subversion became mainstream, and how marginalized voices shaped some of the biggest music videos of the last thirty years.

Music videos make up much of the video content we consume online, e.g. Vevo estimates that there are 25 billion monthly views of music videos on YouTube, totalling 1.010 billion hours, with 400 million people watching.

Author wrote her PhD thesis on music video, and has first-hand experience of the music industry from her time as vocalist of the band Schoolyard Heroes, who were signed to major label Island Records from 1999-2009.

Offers a much needed analysis of music videos in relation to gender and sexuality, along with unique insight into how music videos are made.

Promoted with a publicity campaign including music, literary and academic outlets, and a large event at the ICA in London, plus digital/social campaign using content from the music videos covered in the book.

Ryann Donnelly holds a practice-based PhD from the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is currently an assistant lecturer. She was the lead singer of Seattle-based band Schoolyard Heroes, who were signed to Island Records from 1999-2009.

Author Residence: London

“A tender and corporeal autobiography of what it means to express yourself as a female musician when everything feels bound by the playful but taut restrictions of love, sex and power… a (very good) Girl In A Band story and a theory book.”
— Hannah EwensNoisey

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