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© 2012 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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'An incredibly wide-ranging critical account of popular music. The book is an essential resource for all staff and students in the field' - John Storey, Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland

Organized in accessible sections and covering the main themes of research and teaching it examines:

• The key approaches to understanding popular music

• The main settings of exchange and consumption

• The role of technology in the production of popular music

• The main genres of popular music

• The key debates of the present day

Barbazon writes with verve and penetration. Her approach starts with how most people actually consume music today and transfers this onto the plain of study.

The book enables teachers and students to shuffle from one topic to the other whilst providing an unparalleled access the core concepts and issues. As such, it is the perfect study guide for undergraduates located in this exciting and expanding field.

Tara Brabazon is Professor of Communication at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

 
Introduction: Walking on the Dance Floor
 
Approaches
Listening to Music  
Visualizing Music  
Dancing to Music  
Thinking about Music  
Writing about Music  
 
Music Spaces
Sonic Architecture/Soundscape  
City Music and Urban Spaces  
Recording Spaces  
Clubs and Pubs  
Soundtracks and Filmic Spaces  
Music Video and Televisual Spaces  
Radio, Podcasting and Listening Spaces  
MP3 and Downloading Spaces  
 
Instruments of/for Study
Guitar Cultures  
Keyboard Cultures  
Drumming and Percussion  
Voice  
Turntablism  
iPod  
 
Genre and Community
Country  
Folk  
The Blues  
Rock and Roll  
Soul  
Reggae and Ska  
Salsa  
Metal  
Punk and Indie  
Hip Hop  
Disco  
House and Post-House Musics  
World Music  
 
Debates
Intellectual Property  
Censorship and Regulation  
Race, Appropriation and Commodification  
Girl Groups and Feminism  
Boy Bands and Men's Studies  
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgenderist Musics  
Digitization, User-Generated Content and Social Networking  
Music: Politics, Resistance and Protest  
 
Conclusion: Walking off the Dance Floor
 
Sonic Sources
 
Visual Sources

An incredibly wide-ranging critical account of popular music. The book is an essential resource for all staff and students in the field
Prof John Storey
Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland


One of the most thoughtful, inspirational and engaging popular music texts of recent years. It deserves to be well-thumbed by popular music students, academics and researchers alike. Insightful at every corner, the text covers a kaleidoscopic range of subjects - from country music to copyright, Madchester to Myspace - and delivers a wonderfully clear, authoritative and lively invitation to think and write about music. As pedagogically enriching as it is analytically sophisticated, the text not only describes current digital music cultures, but also suggests fruitful movements beyond current orthodoxies of popular music studies. A serious intervention that just so happens to be a clear and accessible textbook
Nick Prior
Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Edinburgh



Great book but covers only a little of what we look at.

Mr FRED HANNAH
Media Studies, Cardonald College
May 19, 2015

Covers a wide range of relevant topics and gives in depth insights to popular music.

Dr Steve Parker
School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, Leeds Beckett University
October 6, 2014

good book to aid those on course for reading material for extra reading and information

Miss Deborah Young
Work Ready People, hit
July 17, 2014

Interesting and detailed book which informs the reader about the historical factors of the music industry. It is easy to read and informative.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
June 25, 2013

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