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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.

Reggae and Ska
Reggae and ska

Time Magazine voted Bob Marley and the Wailers' Exodus the album of the twentieth century (‘The best of the century’, 1999). This recognition, which is debatable, embodies the influence and debt owed to Jamaica from international popular music. When considering the impact of Cuban salsa and Jamaican reggae, these two small islands have had a social and musical impact beyond their seemingly small geographical size. Both have had to manage colonialism by America and Europe in different forms, and are creating new social, political and economic hybridities between Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. Specifically, colonial Jamaica was a place that was dominated by a power struggle where an oppressed black majority was ‘managed’ by a white plantocracy. The ...

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