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.
In this chapter we move from questions of form and meaning to issues of representation. Representation is a standard concept in media and communication studies. It is often explained through the idea that the media re-presents the real world, and this usually leads to debates about how true to real life media representations are, or what sorts of ideological position about the world these representations articulate. The question of how popular music represents the world presents us with a challenge. As we have seen, popular music cultures operate across different media and draw on a range of channels of communication, which include musical sounds, lyrics, performance styles and media images and related transformations. Any discussion of how popular music's meanings represent the world ...