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.
There were two musical revolutions in the 1950s: the rock revolution and the folk revolution. Folk had a long and distinguished history before Bill Haley sang ‘Rock Around the Clock’. Its influence on pop was enabled through singer songwriters like Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman. These performers were continuing the legacy of Woody Guthrie, who added social commentaries and protest to popular music. He was followed by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Donovan. In today's digitized, Web 2.0 environment, folk music continues to evolve. Musical technologies have enabled a wider dissemination of older, local, roots music. Folk music is more popular and easier to hear, play and research than at any point in its history (Bealle, 2005). Preservation and dissemination are enacted ...