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.

Popular Music and the Media

Popular music and the media

Popular music can be found in all the mass media: it is the key element of most radio; it is the soundtrack to films, adverts and television programmes; it is the subject of newspaper and magazine articles and photographs; it is an element within websites and computer games; and frequently a common thread across all the media as an artist appears in videos, websites, the press and on television. It is hard to think about popular music without the media, and hard to think about the media without popular music.

This relationship raises some fundamental questions about how the music industry is organised:

  • How do music companies and the media benefit from each other's activities?
  • What role does ...
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