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Popular Music: Topics, Trends and Trajectories

by Tara Brabazon SAGE Publications Ltd
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This is the first textbook on Pop Music to be written after the start of the iPod era. The book is organized in accessible sections which cover the main themes of research and teaching. It examines: aó The key approaches to understanding popular music aó The main settings of exchange and consumption aó The role of technology in the production of popular music aó The main genres of popular music aó 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 organization of the material enables teachers and students to shuffle from one topic to the other. Yet the book provides an unparalleled network to the core library of concepts and issues in the field. As such, it is the perfect study guide for undergraduates located in this exciting and expanding field.

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

An incredibly wide-ranging critical account of popular music. The book is an essential resource for all staff and students in the fieldProf 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 textbookNick Prior
Senior Lecturer, Sociology, University of Edinburgh

Tara is the Professor of Creative Media and Head of Photography and Creative Media at the University of Bolton, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. She has worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada.