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This eclectic collection brought together by Weisbard (ed., This Is Pop) from several years of presentations at the Experience Music Project Pop Conference treats a wide variety of topics relating to popular music, including vaudeville, Jewish assimilation, African and Latin contributions to rhythms, Delta blues, punk rock, rap, and electronics. The contributors display subject expertise, and the writing is generally accessible and full of felicitous turns of phrase that belie the rather abstruse introduction. Evocative juxtapositions include philosopher Hannah Arendt with the Marx brothers and singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry with cultural critic Camille Paglia. The explorations of specific, well-known figures such as Roberta Flack and of iconic songs resonate more strongly than discussions of more obscure subjects like the little-remembered collegiate rebel Buddy Holocaust or Cleveland television personality Ghoulardi. A consistent theme and integrated whole as well as smooth transitions are missing, but this reinforces popular music's many guises. Recommended for academic and music collections that include studies of popular musics of the 20th century and beyond.