Popular Music in Theory: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

Popular Music in Theory is an original introduction to the key theoretical issues which arise in the study of contemporary popular music. It is organized in a way that shows how popular music is created across a series of relationships that link together industry and audiences, producers and consumers. Starting from the dichotomy between production and consumption which characterizes much work on popular culture, Keith Negus explores the equally significant social processes that intervene between and across the production-consumption divide, and examines how popular music is mediated by technological, cultural, historical, geographical, and political factors. This broad framework provides signposts to various tracks taken by sounds and images, and also highlights distinctive theoretical routes into the study of contemporary popular music. Although intended mainly for students in sociology, media and communication studies, and cultural studies, the book will also give others a deeper understanding of popular music.
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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent critical introduction to major theoretical issues and debates in the study of contemporary popular music, drawing on illustrative case studies that will be familiar to a wide readership. Clearly written and well argued, the book will be essential reading for students, researchers and teachers." Sara Cohen, University of Liverpool

"A bumper primer for the field as a whole ... instructive and enlightening." Q Magazine

"The book functions both as an introduction to theories in the field, and as an outline of a coherent theoretical model of its own." European Journal of Communication

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819563101
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Music Culture
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Negus is Professor of Musicology, Goldsmith College, University of London.
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Table of Contents

Audiences
Industry
Mediations
Identities
Histories
Geographies
Politics
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