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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.

Listening to Music
Listening to music

The first issue to consider in Popular Music: Topics, Trends and Trajectories is the difference between hearing and listening. If we do not want to see a person or image that troubles us, then we can close our eyelids or look away. We do not have to see what we do not want to see. Hearing is different. Our ears do not have lids. As we move through daily life, we hear sharp and unexpected noises, arguments on the street, crying children and cars in need of a service as they grind around corners. Unless we remove our bodies from a location, we hear unintended and unwanted sounds. Often these unexpected sounds are termed noise. To close our ears to ...

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