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.
Audiences and Consumption
Because we are consumers of popular music ourselves, the study of the different ways we can experience music is the aspect of popular music culture we are most familiar with. So commonplace are these experiences that we often take them for granted. Our study though demands that we go into these activities in greater detail to understand how they fit into the complex popular music culture we have started to map out in the earlier chapters. Paradoxically, while most of the popular music scholarship has centred on cultures of music consumers, as David Hesmondhalgh (2002) has pointed out, there are few and only basic studies of the detail of how people actually consume music. He has also stressed that ...