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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.

Race, Appropriation and Commodification
Race, appropriation and commodification

In 1998, Madonna ‘wore’ a bindi for a bharatanatyam dance track. Was this an appropriation of symbolism or a mode of respectful, transformational politics? Was she being generous to other musicians, faiths and communities, or mining a symbolic system to freshen her image? We may never know. Such a question provides an entry into the fascinating and complex literature probing the relationship between race and popular music. Much of this academic material explores the role, place and value given to (and financial payments made to) African American performers for their too often unacknowledged and underfinanced contribution to jazz, blues, rock and rap. Increasingly, there are debates about the role of Hindi musical styles and forms in dance genres.

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