• Summary
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  • Subject index

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.

Listening and Looking
Listening and looking

Listening to and watching popular music seem such obvious activities of popular music culture that we can easily take them for granted. However, these two central activities have not been widely and deeply studied. There are some fragmented pieces of work we can draw upon to study these activities, but a systematic and holistic approach to listening has yet to be established. Key questions about how, why and with what implications we listen to and watch popular music are still open to debate and are ripe for study and analysis.

As you work through this chapter you will be able to grapple with the following specific questions:

  • How could some early research into music listening help us think through a study ...
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