Analyzing Popular Music

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Overview

Each of these essays, written by leading writers on popular music, is analytical in some sense, but none of them treats analysis as an end in itself. The book presents a wide range of genres (rock, dance, TV soundtracks, country, pop, soul, easy listening, Turkish Arabesk) and deals with issues as broad as methodology, modernism, postmodernism, Marxism and communication. It aims to encourage listeners to think more seriously about the 'social' consequences of the music they spend time with and is the first collection of such essays to incorporate contextualization in this way.
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"Popular music experts will certianly be stimulated by the scholarship contained in this volume." Notes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521100359
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan F. Moore is Professor of Popular Music and Head of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Surrey. He is author of Rock: The Primary Text and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music. He is also co-editor of the journals Popular Music and Twentieth-Century Music

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Popular music analysis: ten apothegms and four instances 16
3 From lyric to anti-lyric: analyzing the words in pop song 39
4 The sound is 'out there': score, sound design and exoticism in The X-Files 60
5 Feel the beat come down: house music as rhetoric 80
6 The determining role of performance in the articulation of meaning: the case of 'Try a Little Tenderness' 103
7 Marxist music analysis without Adorno: popular music and urban geography 131
8 Jethro Tull and the case for modernism in mass culture 158
9 Pangs of history in late 1970s new-wave rock 173
10 Is anybody listening? 196
11 Talk and text: popular music and ethnomusicology 218
Bibliography 240
Discography 258
Film/Videography 260
Index 261
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