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Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
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Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste [Format Kindle]

Carl Wilson

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Non-fans regard C line Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband s struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There is nothing cool about C line Dion, and nothing clever. That is part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred — with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson s brave and unprecedented year-long quest to find his inner C line Dion fan, and explores how we define ourselves in the light of what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate.

Mike Weatherfork, Las Vegas Review Journal

This book seriously explores the wide divide between mainstream pop that is mass-marketed and purchased, and the critics who usually sneer at it for those very reasons.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 176 pages
  • Editeur : Continuum (23 novembre 2007)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006H2R2C4
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Let's talk about a little book that packs a powerful punch... 11 décembre 2007
Par Cliff Milledge - Publié sur
When I took Introduction to Aesthetics in college, I wish we had a text as smart, accessible, funny, and just plain awesome as this little book on Celine Dion to introduce us to the material. What Wilson has done here with his approach to the subject of taste and tackiness is nothing less than stunning. It is a must read for people who write about music and those that love to read about it.

Nota bene: You need not be a fan of Celine Dion to love this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books I've ever read! 28 février 2009
Par Phil the Hypothetical - Publié sur
It took over a year of hearing about this book before I finally caved in and bought it, and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy the book when it first came out! It's hard to do Carl Wilson's book justice when it has so much to say, and says it so beautifully. So let's start with the obvious: DO NOT LET THE SUBJECT MATTER TURN YOU OFF! Yes, it's a book about Celine, but it's so much more than that. It's warm, erudite, smart, funny, insightful, provocative, kind, approachable, and ultimately moving. Sure, I can see the argument that the whole concept is a bit of a stunt ("Look, everyone, I'm going to write a book about something I hate!") but when it's done this brilliantly, who cares? This is the kind of book that should be a best seller, and I really hope the author publishes another book soon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Highlight of the 33 1/3 Series! 1 avril 2008
Par Wendy Raffel - Publié sur
I've read all of the 33 1/3s, and most of them are great books, each in their own way. So when I say Let's Talk About Love is my new favorite, you should trust me, b/c I know what I'm talking about. And I don't care one whit for Celine Dion... can't stand her. But Carl Wilson is an amazing writer. Maybe the best music critic we've got (visit his blog, Zolius!) and this book is truly a brilliant piece of work that waaaaay exceeds the parameters of its subject.

Check it out - you'll be glad you did, I swear.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thoughtful discussion of taste and Céline Dion 6 mars 2009
Par Bradley G. Bechtel - Publié sur
Why is someone like Céline Dion so popular? What does her popularity say about those who love her music, and more importantly, those who are critical of her career? Carl Wilson takes on these subjects and others in thoughtful, appreciative look at taste, criticism, and almost incidentally her 1997 best-selling release, featuring "My Heart Will Go On".

This is thoughtful, erudite reading, one of my favorite books I've read this year. I'd recommend it for anyone who is into music of whatever kind. Sure, Wilson throws big words around. If that bothers you, get a dictionary and look them up.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thoughtful, fun book on taste 28 décembre 2011
Par Lee - Publié sur
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This is an interesting, thoughtful, and humane book with a touch of humor by a prominent music critic. Carl Wilson takes his best shot at redeeming Celine Dion from the critical consensus that she is supremely kitsch and uncool. He does this as an exercise, in order to demonstrate how that seemingly solid judgment can actually rest on snobbery, nationalism, ignorance, and class anxiety. The details are very interesting: we learn about the political history of Quebec, the turn against sentimentality in art, and how improvements in microphone technology led to the denigration of "big voice" style.

Wilson's fresh summary of Pierre Bourdieu's *Distinction* and some more recent empirical work is very good and benefits greatly from his pop-culture examples. I was surprised to learn of the survey results demonstrating that people with greater musical tolerance easily learn to appreciate the music associated with racial minorities (jazz, latin, etc.), but only extremely tolerant listeners do not shun heavy metal, gospel, and other music associated with low education. I suspect Wilson is on to something when he suggests that critics' extreme distaste for Celion Dion is partly motivated by a desire to distance themselves from low education / "white trash" culture.

The author also name-checks Hume, Kant, and other deep thinkers on the nature of taste, but these philosophical parts of the book are the shortest and least enlightening.

Later in the book Wilson meets with some fans of Dion to discuss why they like her music and what she means to them. This section cashes out the more speculative, sociological/philosophical passages. Wilson displays a deep humanity in these chapters. The fans have their own complicated backgrounds, as everyone does, and their admiration for Dion rings true in the context of their convictions, affiliations, bonds, heritage, and ways of living. These portraits make apparent how easily a critic could denigrate their musical tastes in the course of thoughtless social jockeying.

The book ends with a review of the album *Let's Talk About Love*, informed by what Wilson has learned in the course of his research. It's very charitable, but it wouldn't convince me to buy the album. Almost, though.
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