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The SAGE Handbook of Popular Music

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© 2014 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"The SAGE Handbook of Popular Music is a comprehensive, smartly-conceived volume that can take its place as the new standard reference in popular music. The editors have shown great care in covering classic debates while moving the field into new, exciting areas of scholarship.  International in its focus and pleasantly wide-ranging across historical periods, the Handbook is accessible to students but full of material of interest to those teaching and researching in the field."
- Will Straw, McGill University

"Celebrating the maturation of popular music studies and recognizing the immense changes that have recently taken place in the conditions of popular music production, The SAGE Handbook of Popular Music features contributions from many of the leading scholars in the field. Every chapter is well defined and to the point, with bibliographies that capture the history of the field. Authoritative, expertly organized and absolutely up-to-date, this collection will instantly become the backbone of teaching and research across the Anglophone world and is certain to be cited for years to come."
- Barry Shank, author of 'The Political Force of Musical Beauty' (2014)

The SAGE Handbook of Popular Music provides a highly comprehensive and accessible summary of the key aspects of popular music studies. The text is divided into 9 sections:

  • Theory and Method
  • The Business of Popular Music
  • Popular Music History
  • The Global and the Local
  • The Star System
  • Body and Identity
  • Media
  • Technology
  • Digital Economies

Each section has been chosen to reflect both established aspects of popular music studies as well as more recently emerging sub-fields. The handbook constitutes a timely and important contribution to popular music studies during a significant period of theoretical and empirical growth and innovation in the field.

This is a benchmark work which will be essential reading for educators and students in popular music studies, musicology, cultural studies, media studies and cultural sociology.

Andy Bennett and Steve Waksman
Introduction
Introduction by Andy Bennett
SECTION 1: Theory and Method
Kevin Dawe
The Many Worlds of Popular Music: Ethnomusicological
Motti Regev
Notes on Sociological Theory and Popular Music Studies
Gilbert B. Rodman
Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards: Mixing Pop, Politics
Serge Lacasse
(Re)Generations of Popular Musicology
Christine Feldman-Barratt
Archival Research and the Expansion of Popular Music
Introduction by Steve Waksman
SECTION 2: The Business of Popular Music
Reebee Garofalo
Power, Production and the Pop Process
Devon Powers
Intermediaries and Intermediation
Matt Stahl
Popular Musical Labor in North America
Timothy D. Taylor
Music in Advertising in the U.S.: History and Issues
Introduction by Steve Waksman
SECTION 3: Popular Music History
Keir Keightley
Grinding out Hits at the Song Factory
David Brackett
Popular Music Genres: Aesthetics, Commerce and Identity
Matt Brennan
Live Music History
Introduction by Andy Bennett
SECTION 4: The Global and the Local
Tony Mitchell
Observations on African, African-American, Middle Eastern
Graham St. John
Electronic Dance Music Cultures, Ritualization and the Case
Andy Brown
“Everything Louder than Everyone Else’: The Origins and Persistence of Heavy Metal and Its Global Cultural Impact
Ross Haenfler
Punk Rock Globalization
Introduction by Steve Waksman
SECTION 5: The Star System
David Shumway
Rock Stars as Icons
Philip Auslander
Everybody’s in Show Biz: Performing Star Identity in Popular Music
Jacqueline Warwick
Midnight Ramblers and Material Girls: Gender and Stardom in Rock and Pop
C. Riley Snorton
Dark Cosmos: Making Race, Shaping Stardom
Introduction by Andy Bennett
SECTION 6: Body and Identity
Sheila Whiteley
Blurred lines, gender and Popular Music
Jon Stratton
Popular Music, Race and Identity
Sherril Dodds
Dancing the Popular: The Expressive Interface of Bodies, Sound and Motion
Catherine Strong
Shaping the Past of Popular music: Memory, Forgetting and Documenting
Introduction by Andy Bennett
SECTION 7: Media
Simon Warner
In Print and On Screen: The Changing Character of Popular Music Journalism
Tim Wall and Paul Long
Sight and Sound in Concert? The Interrelationship Between Music and Television
Scott Henderson
Viewing with Your Ears, Listening With Your Eyes: Synching Popular Music and Cinema
Nick Prior
Beyond Napster: Popular Music and the ‘Normal’ Internet
Introduction by Steve Waksman
SECTION 8: Technology
Patrick Feaster
Phonography and the ‘Recording’ in Popular Music
Peter Doyle
Ghosts of Electricity: Amplification
Anahid Kassabian
Ubiquitous Musics: Technology, Listening, and Subjectivity
Introduction by Steve Waksman
SECTION 9: Digital Economies
Tim Anderson
Modes of Production: The Value of Modal Analysis for Popular Music Studies
Joanna Demers
Music, Copies and Essences
Kembrew McLeod
Authorship, Ownership, and Musical Appropriation
Aram Sinnreich
Music Cartels and the Dematerialization of Power

The Sage Handbook of Popular Music is a comprehensive, smartly-conceived volume that can take its place as the new standard textbook in popular music.  The editors have shown great care in covering classic debates while moving the field into new, exciting areas of scholarship.  International in its focus and pleasantly wide-ranging across historical periods, the Handbook is accessible to students but full of material of interest to those teaching and researching in the field.

Will Straw
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University

Celebrating the maturation of popular music studies and recognizing the immense changes that have recently taken place in the conditions of popular music production, the Sage Handbook of Popular Music features contributions from many of the leading scholars in the field. Every chapter is well defined and to the point, with bibliographies that capture the history of the field. Authoritative, expertly organized and absolutely up-to-date, this collection will instantly become the backbone of many courses across the Anglophone world and is certain to be cited for years to come. 

Barry Shank
Author of The Political Force of Musical Beauty (2014), Ohio State University

The editors have enlisted a diverse cadre of contributors in terms of gender, profession, or stage in their academic careers, making for a refreshing reading experience when approaching the work straight through. Highly recommended. 

V.J. Novara, University of Maryland
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