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October 2011 | 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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