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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.


Little Richard described country music as ‘the white man's blues’ (2008). Tex Sample termed it ‘the soul music of rural and urban white working people’ (1996: 13). As a form, it has a wide range of derivations sweeping through the southern United States. One cradle of the genre is the Appalachian Mountains. While country music is the current description, it has also been termed mountain music, bluegrass, cowboy music and hillbilly music. Bluegrass is a mode of American music with its origins in Kentucky. Founded by Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, it gained renewed popularity from the movie soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou? Holding a range of genres within it, bluegrass is also a description for less well-known country music (Rosenberg, ...

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