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"Living turned inside out": the musical expression of psychotic and schizoid experience in talking heads' Remain in light.

Authors
  • Brog, Michael A
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of psychoanalysis
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2002
Volume
62
Issue
2
Pages
163–184
Identifiers
PMID: 12085527
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The rock album form, advantageously suited for the artistic expression of intrapsychic experience, has been virtually ignored by analytic writers. Remain in Light by Talking Heads is presented as an example of an album that effectively utilizes the potentialities of this form to give powerful and disconcerning musical expression to a variety of psychotic and schizoid experiences, bringing to life the formulations for these phenomena of Bion, Winnicott, Guntrip, Ogden, Grotstein and others. The album suggests a variety of mechanisms by which sound and music may serve both defensive and compensatory functions in relation to these phenomena.

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