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.

Form, Meaning and Representation

Form, Meaning and Representation
Form, meaning and representation

Everyday conversations about music very often concentrate on the styles of different musicians or singers, the characteristics of particular types of music, the way we respond to individual records or whole categories of music. We choose to listen to certain types of music, and these choices are often linked to how we think of ourselves as individuals. These activities relate to the meanings that particular music has for us. Of course, we also hold views on the value and meaning of music we do not like. This part of the book takes these processes of description and sense-making and turns them into systematic processes of analysis.

Chapter 8 concentrates on the forms that popular music takes. Focussing on ...

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