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Popular Music

Popular Music
Topics, Trends & Trajectories

October 2011 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 next. 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
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

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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Tara Brabazon

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 & Commerce (RSA) and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. She has worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. More About Author

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