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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

Useful for our students studying the Music Industries degree as it gives a contemporary context and series of important subject areas for debate and discussion.

Mr Andrew Dubber
Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University
May 2, 2012

Tara Brabazon has written an insightful and accessible book that covers the majority of core concepts and issues reflective of current thinking around how one should study popular music. Highly recommended for any student studying popular music.

Mr Matt Grimes
Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University
March 21, 2012

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