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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415107235
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (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).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 'What's goin' on?': Popular culture, popular music, and media literacy 1
2 'Every I's a winner': The music industry 27
3 'Pump up the volume': Technology and popular music 51
4 'We are the world': State music policy, cultural imperialism, and globalisation 67
5 'On the cover of the Rolling Stone': The music press 83
6 'I'm just a singer (in a rock 'n' roll band)': Making music 99
7 'So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star?: Stars and auteurs 115
8 'Message understood': Musicology and genre 139
9 'Sweet dreams (are made of this)': Musical texts 155
10 'U got the look': Film and television, music video and MTV 175
11 'My generation': Audiences and fans, scenes and subcultures 193
12 'Pushin' too hard': Popular music and cultural politics 217
Conclusion: 'wrap it up': Popular music and cultural meaning 241
App. 1: Chapter/song titles 245
App. 2: Discography 247
Further resources and bibliography 253
Subject index 277
Name index 279
Song and album title index 284
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