Understanding Popular Music

Understanding Popular Music

by Roy Shuker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415107237

ISBN-13: 9780415107235

Pub. Date: 11/01/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This extensively revised new edition of Understanding Popular Music Culture provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the production, distribution, consumption and meaning of popular music and examines the difficulties and debates which surround the analysis of popular culture and popular music.

Reflecting the continued expansion of popular music

Overview

This extensively revised new edition of Understanding Popular Music Culture provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the production, distribution, consumption and meaning of popular music and examines the difficulties and debates which surround the analysis of popular culture and popular music.

Reflecting the continued expansion of popular music studies, the changing music industry and the impact of new technologies, Roy Shuker explores key subjects which shape our experience of music, including music production, musicians and stars, musical texts, musical media, audiences, fans and subcultures and music as political activism and ideology.

New case studies on the ipod, downloading, and copyright;

The impact of technologies, including on-line delivery and the debates over MP3 and Napster;

New chapters on music genres, cover songs and the album canon as well as music retail, radio and the charts;

Case studies and lyrics of artists such as Robert Johnson. The Who, Fatboy Slim and the Spice Girls;

A comprehensive discography, suggestions for further reading, listening and viewing and a directory of useful websites.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415107235
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: 'What's Goin' On?' 1

Studying popular music culture

1 'Every I's a winner' 13

Music as a cultural industry

2 'Pump Up the Volume' 33

Music and technology

3 'I'm Just a Singer' 47

Making music and the success continuum

4 'So You Want to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star' 67

Auteurs and stars

5 'Message Understood?' 93

Musical texts

6 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me' 119

Genre, covers and the canon

7 'Shop Around' 137

Retail, radio and the charts

8 'U Got the Look' 147

Film, television and MTV

9 'On the Cover of The Rolling Stone' 161

The music press

10 'My Generation' 173

Audiences, fans and collectors

11 'Sound of our Town' 191

Subcultures, sounds and scenes

12 'We Are the World' 205

State music policy, globalization, and national identity

13 'Pushin' Too Hard' 225

Moral panics

14 'Revolution' 241

Social change, conscience rock and identities

Conclusion: 'Wrap it Up' 257

Popular music and cultural meaning

Appendix 1 The song titles 259

Appendix 2 Musical analysis 261

Appendix 3 The album canon 265

Appendix 4 Discography 267

Further resources and bibliography 273

Index 307

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