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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.

Constructing Histories of Popular Music
Constructing histories of popular music

This chapter examines how histories of popular music in books, online and in television documentaries have been constructed, along with some of the criticisms of these conventional approaches. Engaging with the histories that have already been produced will enable you to undertake analyses of your own, and encourages you to ask some important questions about the way we understand what happened in pop history. The final section of the chapter outlines a model for approaching a historical analysis of moments in popular music's past that builds upon the most useful elements from existing accounts and the critiques of these histories. This knowledge and skill is central to the approach taken in the subsequent three ...

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