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.
Industries and Institutions
Of all the aspects of popular music that we study, the industries producing and making the music available to us are actually the least visible. While names of artists are given substantial publicity, details of who else was involved are less obvious. By talking about music as a set of industries we are stressing that popular music is something that is made, bought and sold. We are recognising that there is more involved to making music, making it available to us, and making money, than just the performance of the artist. All the other people involved work in organisations that are the institutions of the music industries. By that we mean that while there are many different organisations, we ...