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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.

Radio, Podcasting and Listening Spaces
Radio, podcasting and listening spaces

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, pre-recorded music for the home was provided by either the gramophone or the pianola. There were few options to either record or replay music. By the 1920s music had become invisible, a sonic experience that separated the performer from the listener. Radio was an important medium that has often been underplayed in its significance. It was both – as Brian Regal realized – ‘machine and … media’ (2005: xii). It invoked histories of design and radio communications, yet was also integral to the disconnection of a human voice from a body, creating a desire for mobile media. The interwar years (1919–1939) were the period that moved radio from a ...

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