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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.

The Sociology of the Music Consumer
The sociology of the music consumer

We can identify a number of general approaches to the consumption of popular music. In the first, which dominated the first sixty years of twentieth-century cultural scholarship, there is a focus on popular music consumption as forms of socially maladjusted behaviour characterised by fanaticism. These scholars stand outside popular music culture, looking down on popular music consumption as part of a deviant social ritual, or an unhealthy psychological state, both symptomatic of new forms of society. The second strand, which became prominent after 1970, shared some of the assumptions of the study of fanaticism, but transformed these into a more positive analysis of how certain subcultures within society use aspects of their ...

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