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Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series


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Popular musicology embraces the field of musicological study that engages with popular forms of music, especially music associated with commerce, entertainment and leisure activities. The Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series aims to present the best research in this field. Authors are concerned with criticism and analysis of the music itself, as well as locating musical practices, values and meanings in cultural context. The focus of the series is on popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a remit to encompass the entirety of the world’s popular music.

Critical and analytical tools employed in the study of popular music are being continually developed and refined in the twenty-first century. Perspectives on the transcultural and intercultural uses of popular music have enriched understanding of social context, reception and subject position. Popular genres as distinct as reggae, township, bhangra, and flamenco are features of a shrinking, transnational world. The series recognizes and addresses the emergence of mixed genres and new global fusions, and utilizes a wide range of theoretical models drawn from anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, media studies, semiotics, postcolonial studies, feminism, gender studies and queer studies.

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The Music and Noise of the Stooges, 1967-71 Lost in the Future

The Music and Noise of the Stooges, 1967-71: Lost in the Future

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Michael S. Begnal
November 26, 2021

 The Stooges have come to be considered one of the most important rock bands, especially in regard to the formation of punk. By emphasizing their influence on later developments, however, critics tend to overlook the significance of the band in their own context and era. The Music and Noise of...

Studies in Maltese Popular Music

Studies in Maltese Popular Music

1st Edition

By Philip Ciantar
April 22, 2021

This book examines the diverse facets of popular music in Malta, paying special attention to għana (Malta’s folk song), the wind band tradition, and modern popular music. Ciantar provides intriguing discussions and examples of how popular music on this small Mediterranean island country interacts ...

The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume III, 1985-2015 From Live Aid to Live Nation

The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume III, 1985-2015: From Live Aid to Live Nation

1st Edition

By Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, Emma Webster
April 08, 2021

To date there has been a significant gap in existing knowledge about the social history of music in Britain from 1950 to the present day. The three volumes of Live Music in Britain address this gap and do so through a unique prism—that of live music. The key theme of the books is the changing ...

Women in the Studio Creativity, Control and Gender in Popular Music Sound Production

Women in the Studio: Creativity, Control and Gender in Popular Music Sound Production

1st Edition

By Paula Wolfe
January 04, 2021

The field of popular music production is overwhelmingly male dominated. Here, Paula Wolfe discusses gendered notions of creativity and examines the significant under-representation of women in studio production. Wolfe brings an invaluable perspective as both a working artist-producer and as a ...

Another Song for Europe Music, Taste, and Values in the Eurovision Song Contest

Another Song for Europe: Music, Taste, and Values in the Eurovision Song Contest

1st Edition

By Ivan Raykoff
November 30, 2020

The Eurovision Song Contest is famous for its camp spectacles and political intrigues, but what about its actual music? With more than 1,500 songs in over 50 languages and a wide range of musical styles since it began in 1956, Eurovision features the most musically and linguistically diverse ...

Driving Identities At the Intersection of Popular Music and Automotive Culture

Driving Identities: At the Intersection of Popular Music and Automotive Culture

1st Edition

By Ken McLeod
May 20, 2020

Driving Identities examines long-standing connections between popular music and the automotive industry and how this relationship has helped to construct and reflect various socio-cultural identities. It also challenges common assumptions regarding the divergences between industry and art, and ...

The Tragic Odes of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead Mystery Dances in the Magic Theater

The Tragic Odes of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead: Mystery Dances in the Magic Theater

1st Edition

By Brent Wood
April 15, 2020

The Tragic Odes of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead is a multifaceted study of tragedy in the group’s live performances showing how Garcia brought about catharsis through dance by leading songs of grief, mortality, and ironic fate in a collective theatrical context. This musical, literary, and ...

Beggars Banquet and the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Revolution ‘They Call My Name Disturbance'

Beggars Banquet and the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Revolution: ‘They Call My Name Disturbance'

1st Edition

Edited By Russell Reising
December 09, 2019

The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet is one of the seminal albums in rock history. Arguably it not only marks the advent of the ‘mature’ sound of the Rolling Stones but lays out a new blueprint for an approach to blues-based rock music that would endure for several decades. From its title to the ...

The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume II, 1968-1984 From Hyde Park to the Hacienda

The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume II, 1968-1984: From Hyde Park to the Hacienda

1st Edition

By Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, Emma Webster
March 08, 2019

To date, there has been a significant gap in work on the social history of music in Britain from 1950 to the present day. The three volumes of Live Music in Britain address this gap and do so through a unique prism—that of live music. The key theme of the books is the changing nature of the live ...

Status Quo: Mighty Innovators of 70s Rock

Status Quo: Mighty Innovators of 70s Rock

1st Edition

By Andrew L. Cope
March 04, 2019

Status Quo were one of the most successful, influential and innovative bands of the 1970s. During the first half of the decade, they wrote, recorded and performed a stream of inventive and highly complex rock compositions, developed 12 bar forms and techniques in new and fascinating ways, and ...

Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles It Was Forty Years Ago Today

Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles: It Was Forty Years Ago Today

1st Edition

Edited By Olivier Julien
February 28, 2019

The first concept album in the history of popular music, the soundtrack of the Summer of Love or 'Hippy Symphony No. 1': Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is first and foremost the album that gave rise to 'hopes of progress in pop music' (The Times, 29 May 1967). Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles ...

Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality Interdisciplinary Approaches

Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Approaches

1st Edition

Edited By Florian Heesch, Niall Scott
February 07, 2019

Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality brings together a collection of original, interdisciplinary, critical essays exploring the negotiated place of gender and sexuality in heavy metal music and its culture. Scholars debate the current state of play concerning masculinities, femininities, queerness, ...

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