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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.

House and Post-House Musics
House and post-house musics

For academics, writing about and researching dance music and cultures offers particular challenges. Because so much of popular cultural studies and media studies has emerged when the tropes of rock have been at their height, the flighty sexuality and geography of dance culture have not slotted into conventional structures and approaches. Electronic music links together sound studies and media studies, creating ways of listening and thinking. As Philip Sherburne realized, ‘records in this tradition were not designed for home listening, but rather as fodder for performance in the hands of the DJ’ (2004: 32). This musical economy of excess, drugs, dancing and profound – if transitory – happiness through popular music has fuelled governmental anxieties about ecstasy, youth ...

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