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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.

Music Video and Televisual Spaces
Music video and televisual spaces

At their most basic, music videos are advertising. They are a way to sell music. In an e-commerce environment they have also become a self-standing product and alternative revenue stream. Before iTunes and downloading communities though, the music video had a key role in the medium of television. The 1980s are known as the decade of the music video, framed by the arrival of MTV, on August 1, 1981. The broadcast started with The Buggles' ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’. While much of the scholarly discussion focused on sex and violence, a new mode of marketing and presentation was formed through these televised music videos. For example, Christine Hall Hansen and Ranald Hansen were concerned that ...

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