‘Across the evening sky’: the late voices of Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone

Elliott, Richard (2015) ‘Across the evening sky’: the late voices of Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone. In: Haworth, Catherine and Colton, Lisa (eds.) Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 141-153. ISBN 9781472430854

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Abstract

This chapter explores the work of three female musicians – Sandy Denny, Judy Collins and Nina Simone – whose work offers valuable insights into the interplay of history, biography and memory. It focuses specifically on the representation of innocence and experience via the "late voice". "Lateness", a concept exemplified by these artists but which extends to a broad range of modern (post mid-twentieth century) popular musics, refers to five primary issues: chronology (the stage in an artist's career); the vocal act (the ability to convincingly portray experience); afterlife (posthumous careers made possible by phonography); retrospection (how voices "look back" or anticipate looking back); and the writing of age, experience, lateness and loss into song texts. The main case study of the chapter is the song ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’, written by Denny and later performed by Collins and Simone. The song is analysed in terms of its representation of time and experience and in relation to the lives and works of its interpreters.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: popular music, lateness, age, memory
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > M Music
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music
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Depositing User: Richard Elliott
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 08:33
Last Modified: 27 May 2015 08:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54138

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