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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.

Rock and Roll
Rock and roll

To understand rock music is to grasp the Anglo American dominance over international popular music after the Second World War. It is difficult to speak or write about popular music without engaging in a history of rock. Popular music has had a long history, both before and after Bill Haley counted in the first bar to ‘Rock Around the Clock’ in 1954. At its most basic, rock and roll is a genre of music that has its origins in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It used a boogie woogie blues rhythm with an emphasis on the back beat. Boogie woogie was grounded in a piano-based rhythm. Rock and roll was to signal the preeminence of the electric guitar in ...

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