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  • Subject index

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.

Taking Issue with the Record Industry
Taking issue with the record industry

While in reality the distinctions between the record industry, the music industry and the wider media-based entertainment industry are blurred, there is much to be gained by focussing on the particular economic organisation of recorded music in this chapter, before widening the study in the next. In particular there are a number of important issues of debate about the record industry that need our attention. Some of these issues have been debated for many decades, while others have arisen as the record industry and the music culture it serves has developed in the twenty-first century. Louis Barfe (2004) has argued that we have actually seen a hundred-year rise of the record industry's cultural ...

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