Synopses & Reviews
This companion presents a kaleidoscopic view of the world of pop and rock. Expert writers follow the rise of fifteen global stars from Elvis to Public Enemy, Nirvana to the Spice Girls. They chart the changing patterns in production and consumption, and they trace the way new technologies have changed the sounds and practices of pop. Alive to areas of current debate, they also focus on issues such as race and ethnicity, politics, gender and globalization. The anthology contains profiles of major figures from the pop and rock field. But at the heart of this companion is the music itself--rock, pop, black music, dance music, world music--its impact, its power and its pleasures.
'Whilst being of essential reading to the student of pop and rock it is also of interest to anyone who enjoys reading about the social history of our time.' Yorkshire Gazette
'This thought-provoking companion gives would be students a taster of what they might encounter on the several courses now available ... it is to the book's credit that it adopts an all-encompassing approach.' Music Teacher
'Suitable as an introductory-level undergraduate book and there is also sufficient novelty of approach within some of the chapters to interest graduates and researchers alike.' European Journal of Communication
Maps the world of pop and rock: its history, its stars and its controversies.
This title maps the world of pop and rock: its history, its stars, its controversies.
This Companion provides a broad overview of the world of pop and rock. It introduces the most important and significant moments in its history and the key issues involved in understanding popular cultureâs most vital art form.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 290-299) and index.
Table of Contents
'Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction and chronology of pop and rock; Part I. Context: 1. âPlugged inâ: technology and popular music Paul Théberge; 2. The popular music industry Simon Frith; 3. Consumption Will Straw; Star profiles I: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Marvin Gaye; Part II. Texts, Genres, Styles: 4. Pop music Simon Frith; 5. Reconsidering rock Keir Keightley; 6. Soul into hip-hop Russell A. Potter; 7. Dance music Will Straw; 8. World music Jocelyne Guilbault; Star profiles II: Bob Marley, David Bowie, Abba, Madonna, Nirvana, Public Enemy, Derrick May, The Spice Girls; Part III. Debates: 9. Pop, rock and interpretation Richard Middleton; 10. Popular music, gender and sexuality Sara Cohen; 11. Rock, pop and politics John Street; 12. From rice to ice: the face of race in rock and pop Barry Shank; 13. The âlocalâand âglobalâin popular music Jan Fairley; References; Index.\n