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.

Social, Economic and Technical Factors

Social, Economic and Technical Factors

Social, economic and technical factors

The history of popular music is the product of the changing choices that millions of music producers and music consumers made over time. These choices are not random, though. Chapter 2 outlined the four main traditions of popular music that organise the way people make sense of music. These traditions of music-making, listening, and evaluation can be understood as music culture discursive practices. The past of popular music, therefore provides us with a set of musical and cultural repertoires out of which we can make new popular music. Of course, resources are available to different groups of people in uneven ways, and serve their cultural practices in different ways. We access music and ways of ...

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