• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Thinking about Music
Thinking about music

Thinking about popular music in schools and universities requires the application of diverse scholarly disciplines and methods. Sociology, media studies and cultural studies have been used along with the attendant methods of ethnography, semiotics and unobtrusive archival research. The goal of these approaches and methods is to create a considered, rigorous, repeatable and valid series of interpretations from the ephemeral, subjective and volatile sounds of and audiences for popular music. To think about popular music is to control, limit and manage its interpretation and organize it so that it can be translated into scholarly prose.

The first decision to make when thinking about music is how to demarcate sound and noise. We all tend to claim particular sounds as pleasant and ...

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