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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.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgenderist Musics
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgenderist musics

Keith Richards described rock as ‘music for the neck downwards’ (Richards in Evans, 2006: 19). Popular music, throughout its history, has featured a series of moments of sexual instability where the normative rules of love, romance, sex, marriage, family and children were questioned, probed or attacked. Even Johnny Cash, that bastion of heterosexual American masculinity, recorded a song titled ‘A Boy Named Sue’. Its first performance at San Quentin Prison created a disturbing, amusing, volatile and complicated relationship between singer, song and audience that was captured on audio and video tape. A hard man was singing to other hard men about carrying a woman's name through life. This single moment showed that even the ...

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