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Popular Music
Topics, Trends & Trajectories


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Popular Music
Topics, Trends & Trajectories

by Tara Brabazon (Author)



ISBN: 9781847874351


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An introductory textbook which uses short bite-sized snap shots to introduce the key debates & approaches, technologies and genres in popular music. Written by an internationally recognised authority it explores the 'ipodification' of popular music whilst providing clear social context for the field as a whole.

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:
* 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 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.


ISBN 1847874355
ISBN13 9781847874351
Publisher SAGE Publications Ltd
Format Hardback
Publication date 03/10/2011
Pages 296
Weight (grammes) 635
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 242
Width (mm) 170

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



iPod Genre and Community



The Blues

Rock and Roll


Reggae and Ska



Punk and Indie

Hip Hop


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