Popular Music and Society / Edition 2

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The book examines the ways in which popular music is produced, structured as text, and understood and used by audiences. It includes overviews and critiques of general theories, outlines of the most important empirical studies, and data on the contemporary production and consumption of popular music. Drawing on the theories of Adorno and Weber, Longhurst examines the contemporary organization of the music industry, the social production of music, and the effects of technological change on production. The history and politics of popular music are discussed, as are the connections of popular music and sexuality. Issues such as authenticity, stemming from the debates around black music, are addressed, and several different ways of studying the texts of popular music are reviewed. The literature on subculture and music is looked at in the context of an examination of the audience for pop music. Developing work on fans is considered, as are contemporary approaches which problematize relationships of production and consumption. Clearly written and well illustrated, Popular Music and Society will be an excellent textbook for students in the sociology of culture, cultural studies, and media and communication studies.
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"I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to both students and scholars interested in the sociology of music. This is a great text if you are looking for a clear and lucid introduction to the subject."

"A useful introductory textbook designed for undergraduate-level students of popular music, media and cultural studies and sociology. It reviews a vast range of sociological research in a palatable form, with informative examples, illustrations, case studies, press cuttings, figures and lengthy quotes."
Sociological Review

"Brian Longhurst provides a comprehensive view of contemporary popular music. He shows its role in shaping fan scenes and sub-cultures. He sees it as text to be read in the lyrics, but also through dance, the body and political context. And he exposes the commercial machine that determines which songs and genres do, and do not, get wide exposure. This work will be a prime resource for students and scholars alike for years to come."
Richard A. Peterson, Vanderbilt University

"This revised and updated edition of Popular Music and Society contains new chapters to take into account the impact of theories of performativity and the body on popular music studies and the role of music in everyday life in a post-subcultural age. The book is a model of clarity and incisive thought, for which students will be eternally grateful."
Helen Thomas, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

"A thoughtful and systematic introduction, full of up-to-date information, this book speaks simultaneously to students of socio-musical analysis and to all of us for whom music matters."
Tia DeNora, University of Exeter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745631639
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Longhurst is Professor of Sociology at the University of Salford.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • List of Boxes
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. Constraints and Creativity: Arguments and Framework
  • 2. The Pop Music Industry
  • 3. The Social Production of Music
  • 4. History, Politics and Sexuality
  • 5. ‘Black’ Music: Genres and Social Constructions
  • 6. Texts and Meaning
  • 7. Performance, Dance, Distinction and the Body
  • 8. Effects, Audiences and Subcultures
  • 9. Fans, Production and Consumption
  • 10. Beyond Subcultures and Fans: New Audiences, Scenes and Everyday Life
  • Conclusions
  • Further Reading
  • References
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