Popular Music and Society / Edition 2

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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This third edition by Longhurst and Bogdanovic offers an comprehensive updated sociological analysis of the field of popular music which incorporates media and cultural studies into its frame. It reflects backward and telegraphs forward the key theories, approaches, analysis and criticisms that abound in the field. It is both accessible and scholarly and will be a key resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students in sociology, and media and cultural studies.
Helen Thomas, University of the Arts London

Praise for the 2nd edition

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.
Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745631639
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,357,305
  • 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

Danijela Bogdanovic is Lecturer at The University of Liverpool and Associate Lecturer at The Open University

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Boxes
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Arguments and Framework 3
Pt. I Production
2 The Pop Music Industry 29
3 The Social Production of Music 55
Pt. II Text
4 History, Politics and Sexuality 93
5 Black Music 127
6 Texts and Meaning 158
Pt. III Audience
7 Effects, Audiences and Subcultures 195
8 Fans, Production and Consumption 226
Conclusion 249
Further Reading 252
References and Bibliography 255
Index 267
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