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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.

Guitar Cultures
Guitar cultures

The guitar is a stringed object that when strummed or picked creates sound. Often made of wood, other materials of construction include a range of metals, most famously deployed in the case of the Dobro guitar, also labeled the national steel. Electric guitars, while featuring a timber base, incorporate plastic and metal pickups. Nylon and steel strings are also common. Because of this diversity in construction, the role of the guitar in music is complex and extensive. As a mobile instrument, it has been used in urban and rural environments and by a range of performers in an array of genres. In the late nineteenth century, cheap guitars became available throughout the United States of America, providing the origin and impetus for ...

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