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.



Soul is southern music, but this ‘south’ refers to much more than geography. It captures an ideology of disconnection that activates a history of displacement, marginalization and oppression. Soul is more community oriented and organized than most genres of music, and has close ties to gospel and blues. It also created a database of samples for rap that are used not only to recognize its specific history but also to construct affirmative and alternative narratives of blackness through rhythm and voice. Soul is a way of creating, singing and dancing to narratives of Black America. Southern soul was ‘harder, grittier than the sweet sounds coming out of Detroit and Chicago’ (Werner, 2006: 56). The rationale for this difference can be sourced from the engrained ...

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