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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.


Derived from the Spanish language, salsa describes a spice or sauce. In other words, even at the level of metaphor, salsa is not a genre but a flavour or style given to other modes of music. It is a dynamic category to describe a mode of music but, like reggae, it performs diaspora and displacement. Salsa includes an expansive range of sounds, encompassing music of Cuban origin, but also incorporates rhythms that have moved around the world. Like Jamaica, Cuba is a small island nation whose sounds, rhythms and instrumentations have permeated the rest of popular music's genres, song writing, rhythm structures and performances. By the time slavery was abolished in Cuba in 1873, nearly one million Africans, mainly from Mozambique and the Congo, ...

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