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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.

Writing Popular Music History
Writing popular music history

This final chapter on popular music histories consolidates all the material in the previous chapters to examine the ways in which new histories of popular music could be written. It is clear from the discussions of existing histories examined in Chapters 2 and 3 that there is a considerable amount of secondary material available to draw on when writing a history. In addition, because the last century of popular music has been interwoven with the development of the record industry and the media, it is now possible to access a rich seam of recordings and audio visual texts to write our own histories.

In this chapter you will be able to investigate a series of quite specific questions ...

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