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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.

Music: Politics, Resistance and Protest
Music: Politics, resistance and protest

In 2003 and from a London stage, Natalie Maines of the American country trio The Dixie Chicks abused the then President Bush. After doing so, she received death threats, bomb threats and the band's songs were removed from the play list of hundreds of radio stations, many owned by Clear Channel Corporation. While The Dixie Chicks' music had rarely been considered ‘political’ in the fashion of either Bob Marley or The Clash, the challenge they posed to a serving administration and Republican supporters was stark.

There was a reason for these attacks. There has been an assumption, particularly since the 1960s, that music has a message. In the merging of music, culture and politics, trivial and ephemeral ...

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