Popular music is an important part of our everyday life, entertaining, inspiring and even empowering us, but where did it come from, how is it made, what does it mean, and how does it eventually reach our ears? In this fully revised<strong> Second Edition</strong> of the popular textbook, <strong>Studying Popular Music Culture</strong>, Tim Wall guides students through the many ways we can analyse music and the music industries, highlighting crucial skills and useful research tips. Taking into account recent changes and developments in the industry, this book outlines the key concepts, offers fresh perspectives and encourages readers to reflect on their own work. Written with clarity, flair and enthusiasm, it covers: Histories of popular music, their traditions and cultural, social, economic and technical factors Industries and institutions; production, new technology, and the entertainment media Musical form, meaning and representation Audiences and consumption Students’ learning is consolidated through a set of insightful case studies, engaging activities and helpful suggestions for further reading.
Popular music lends itself particularly well to historical study: different styles of music have clear paths of development and influences can be mapped out over the years of the twentieth century. A grasp of the history of the music, its listeners and the institutions that produce it provides us with an explanation of why music is as it is today. In addition, the study is interesting in itself because it can reveal how and why music-making and consumption were different in the past from how they are now. For this reason a good historical analysis of popular music will attempt to look at the processes of development and change as well as drawing out principles of analysis that can be used for any ...