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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.

Musical and Cultural Repertoires
Musical and cultural repertoires

This chapter explores the cultural resources that are available to music-makers when they compose and perform music. When musicians or singers produce innovation in music they have to do so by modifying and adapting forms with which they are already familiar. When they perform their material they do so by drawing on styles that interest them.

However, the traditions that music-makers draw on, and that are seen as the roots of popular music, are not just traditions of musical form or style. They are also traditions of practices in music-making, listening and evaluation. These practices are produced by the ways that musicians, record company executives, radio station programmers, journalists and listeners think and talk about the music.

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