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This is the first textbook on Pop Music to be written after the start of the iPod era. The book is organized in accessible sections which cover the main themes of research and teaching. It examines the key approaches to understanding popular music, the main settings of exchange and consumption, the role of technology in the production of popular music, the main genres of popular music, and the key debates of the present day.Barbazon writes with verve and penetration. Her approach starts with how most people actually consume music today and transfers this onto the plain of study. The organization of the material enables teachers and students to shuffle from one topic to the next. Yet the book provides an unparalleled network to the core library of concepts and issues in the field. As such, it is the perfect study guide for undergraduates located in this exciting and expanding field.

Clubs and Pubs
Clubs and pubs

Music is produced and heard in spaces. These locations may be as diverse as the family home, a shopping centre, an elevator or a sporting stadium. However, the incubators, nurseries and archives of popular music are nightclubs and pubs. Richard Rogers reminded us that, ‘buildings are not merely commodities. They form the backdrop of our lives in the city. Architecture is the art form to which we are continually exposed. It enhances or hinders our lives because it creates the environment in which all our everyday experiences take place, be they commonplace or seminal’ (1997: 68). Buildings are a frame for public life, a structure for the creation and consumption of popular music, and allow for the connection of music ...

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