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.
Given that clubbing is a major social activity for a large proportion of those under 25, and dance records are a notable genre in the pop charts with there is a prosperous dance music industry, it may come as a surprise to know that scholarship has only recently reflected the role dancing has within music culture. This marginalisation can be seen in a simple piece of content analysis. Frith and Goodwin's (Frith and Goodwin, 1990) anthology of fifty years of the major writing on popular music culture features only one article out of thirty-five on dancing, and the author of that 1979 article felt that he had to write ‘in defence of disco’ (Dyer, 1990). Bennett et al.'s (2006) edited collection of writing ...