Rattling out of control: A comparison of U2 and Joy Division on film

McLaughlin, Noel (2011) Rattling out of control: A comparison of U2 and Joy Division on film. Film, Fashion & Consumption, 1 (1). pp. 101-120. ISSN 2044-2823

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ffc.1.1.101_1


This article integrates Popular Music Studies, Film Studies and Fashion Studies tooffer a comparative analysis of Joy Division and U2 in the cinema. It focuses prima-rily on the filmsControl(Corbijn, 2007) andRattle and Hum(Joanou, 1988), andlooks at how popular musical performance and sub-cultural style are intertwinedwith the representation of city space and the construction of metropolitan identities. It does this via consideration of filmic style but in a manner sensitive to the broader sociopolitical and popular musical discourses that frame these representations. The article argues that popular music’s relationship to the cinema, and to representationsof place, has been much neglected in Film Studies. As such, it considers the rock/ performance/fashion/place nexus in some detail.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dublin, Irishness, Joy Division, Manchester, U2, fashion, identity, popular music, post-punk, sub-cultural style
Subjects: W200 Design studies
W300 Music
W600 Cinematics and Photography
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 08:54
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6140

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