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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.

Boy Bands and Men's Studies
Boy bands and men's studies

Much of popular music has stretched and probed the limits and boundaries of conventional masculinity. Elvis Presley's pelvic movements, The Beatles' haircuts, David Bowie's dip into the Ziggy Stardust's paintbox, Duran Duran's shiny suits and gelled hair, ‘N Sync's tattoos and piercings and Kanye West's sunglasses are all memorable. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, earnest young men like Pat Boone, Ricky Nelson, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon and Fabian created and commodified romance, confidence, fashion and intimacy. They created a safe masculinity of love and adoration rather than sexual threat. These models of masculinity are important. Popular music has not only shaped how generations of men think about their bodies, fashion, love and ...

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