Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cool kids never have the time: The music of the Smashing Pumpkins and youth of the 1990s
by Starkie, Zachary J., M.M., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008, 112; 1453407
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the connection between youth of the 1990s and the music of the Smashing Pumpkins. The introduction is used to provide the reader with pertinent background information on youth, the 1990s, alternative music, and the Smashing Pumpkins. Following that, Chapters 1 and 2 feature analyses of two songs by the Smashing Pumpkins, “Here Is No Why” and “Tales of a Scorched Earth.”

The analyses of both songs focus on text enhancement and musical contrasts in each song. At the end of Chapter 2, the qualities of each song are compared.

Chapter 3 examines two styles of music that were influential on the band, progressive rock and heavy metal, and examines their place in “Here Is Now Why” and “Tales of a Scorched Earth.” Chapter 3 also examines how the differences between these two styles are evident in the Smashing Pumpkins' music.

Finally, Chapter 4 examines the band's newest recording, Zeitgeist , and assesses its use of the musical aspects evident in “Here Is No Why” and “Tales of a Scorched Earth.”

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Capuzzo, Guy
Commitee: Priore, Irna, Stusek, Steven
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: School of Music
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 46/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Music
Keywords: 1990s, Alternative music, Corgan, Billy, Music, Smashing Pumpkins, Youth
Publication Number: 1453407
ISBN: 978-0-549-55993-1
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