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Popular Music

Popular Music
Topics, Trends & Trajectories

© 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
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  
Genre and Community
The Blues  
Rock and Roll  
Reggae and Ska  
Punk and Indie  
Hip Hop  
House and Post-House Musics  
World Music  
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

A refreshing and original approach to studying the music industries

Professor Martin James
Faculty of Media, Arts & Society, Southampton Solent University
October 12, 2012

This is an enjoyable read that covers a wide range of topics and genres around popular music. I've used this for Level 4 which seemed most appropriate, though Level 6 students did find the debates section useful and engaging in seminar discussions.

Dr Stephanie Piotrowski
Department of Media, University of Teesside
August 29, 2012

Very good to be used as an introduction of popular music and media

Professor Dr. Christoph Jacke
Faculty for Cultural Studies, University of Paderborn
August 17, 2012

Well-written and engaging book. Insightful and covering a wide range of subjects that makes it essential for music industry/popular music students. A must-read, in my opinion.

Mrs Paula Cordeiro
Communications, ISCSP (UTL)
July 31, 2012

Provides students with useful tasters

Dr Donna Woodhouse
HWB, Sheffield Hallam University
July 2, 2012

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