Understanding Popular Music / Edition 2

Understanding Popular Music / Edition 2

by Roy Shuker
     
 

Understanding Popular Music Culture is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the history and meaning of popular music. It begins with a critical assessment of the different ways in which popular music has been studied and the difficulties and debates which surround the analysis of popular culture and popular music.
Drawing on the recent work of

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Overview

Understanding Popular Music Culture is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the history and meaning of popular music. It begins with a critical assessment of the different ways in which popular music has been studied and the difficulties and debates which surround the analysis of popular culture and popular music.
Drawing on the recent work of music scholars and the popular music press, Roy Shuker explores key subjects which shape our experience of music, including music production, the music industry, music policy, fans, audiences and subcultures, the musician as 'star', music journalism, and the reception and consumption of popular music. This fully revised and updated second edition includes:
*case studies and lyrics of artists such as Shania Twain, S Club 7, The Spice Girls and Fat Boy Slim
* the impact of technologies including on-line delivery and the debates over MP3 and Napster
* the rise of DJ culture and the changing idea of the 'musician'
* a critique of gender and sexual politics and the discrimination which exists in the music industry
* moral panics over popular music including the controversies surrounding artists such as Marilyn Manson and Ice-T
* a comprehensive discography, guide to further reading and directory of websites.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415235105
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Roy Shuker is Associate Professor in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His previous publications include Understanding Popular Music (2nd Edition, 2001) and Popular Music: The Key Concepts (2nd Edition, 2005).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1'What's goin' on?': Popular culture, popular music, and media literacy1
2'Every I's a winner': The music industry27
3'Pump up the volume': Technology and popular music51
4'We are the world': State music policy, cultural imperialism, and globalisation67
5'On the cover of the Rolling Stone': The music press83
6'I'm just a singer (in a rock 'n' roll band)': Making music99
7'So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star?: Stars and auteurs115
8'Message understood': Musicology and genre139
9'Sweet dreams (are made of this)': Musical texts155
10'U got the look': Film and television, music video and MTV175
11'My generation': Audiences and fans, scenes and subcultures193
12'Pushin' too hard': Popular music and cultural politics217
Conclusion: 'wrap it up': Popular music and cultural meaning241
App. 1: Chapter/song titles245
App. 2: Discography247
Further resources and bibliography253
Subject index277
Name index279
Song and album title index284

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