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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.

The Blues
The blues

‘The Blues’ is more than a genre. It is an attitude expressed through lyrics as well as a musicological structure. Twelve bar musical cycles are created by repeating two melodic and rhythm patterns, with a resolving third line. When continued through the length of a song, this structure is the basis of boogie woogie, swing, rhythm and blues, rock and soul. The dominant seventh chords provide the accented rhythm, creating the metre for the lead guitar using the blues scale. The blues has provided the basis and foundation of many – perhaps most – popular music genres. Like much of popular music, is a non-notated music, existing through performance and recording. It is a sonic catalogue and rewriting of slavery, oppression, discrimination ...

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