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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.

Drumming and Percussion
Drumming and percussion

In Chuck Berry's famous lyrics for ‘Hail Hail Rock and Roll’, the guitar was not mentioned in the lyric. Instead, ‘the beat of the drum’ was ‘loud and bold’. While rock music has been associated with screeching and soaring guitars, the core rhythm created through the drum kit has provided the backbeat and energy for the genre. The foundation of music is rhythm and the diversity of percussion deployed in popular music is beyond the limitations of a conventional drum kit, regardless of the size. Because of the burgeoning world of music, songs, sounds and performers, a range of objects can be rattled, struck, shaken and squeezed as part of popular music.

Rhythmic instruments confirm that music is much more than ...

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