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.
Disco is a musical and sociological description of both a genre and venue. It also conveys a way of moving a body to rhythm. It is a maligned musical formation, with its origins in African American, Latino and gay dance cultures. Disco has moved and changed through a diversity of dance-oriented styles, including Hi NRG, house, techno, rave and jungle. It is no coincidence that Lady Gaga references the disco ball in her shows, videos and costumes. The sounds of disco live in present music through sampling. What makes disco so important to the dance and electronic music styles that followed is that it was developed on and for a dance floor (Butler, 2006: 37). Recording studios could only attempt to replicate the form, ...