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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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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

Forthcoming

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 fifty 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

Ken McLeod
May 14, 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

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

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 ...

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

Paula Wolfe
July 08, 2019

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 ...

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

Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, Emma Webster
March 18, 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

Andrew L. Cope
March 12, 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 ...

Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality Interdisciplinary Approaches

Heavy Metal, Gender and Sexuality: Interdisciplinary Approaches

1st Edition

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, ...

Popular Music, Cultural Politics and Music Education in China

Popular Music, Cultural Politics and Music Education in China

1st Edition

Wai-Chung Ho
February 07, 2019

While attention has been paid to various aspects of music education in China, to date no single publication has systematically addressed the complex interplay of sociopolitical transformations underlying the development of popular music and music education in the multilevel culture of China. Before...

Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass

Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass

1st Edition

Peter Dowdall
February 07, 2019

Technology and the Stylistic Evolution of the Jazz Bass traces the stylistic evolution of jazz from the bass player’s perspective. Historical works to date have tended to pursue a ‘top down’ reading, one that emphasizes the influence of the treble instruments on the melodic and harmonic trajectory ...

The Singer-Songwriter in Europe Paradigms, Politics and Place

The Singer-Songwriter in Europe: Paradigms, Politics and Place

1st Edition

Isabelle Marc, Stuart Green
February 07, 2019

The Singer-Songwriter in Europe is the first book to explore and compare the multifaceted discourses and practices of this figure within and across linguistic spaces in Europe and in dialogue with spaces beyond continental borders. The concept of the singer-songwriter is significant and ...

The Songs of Joni Mitchell Gender, Performance and Agency

The Songs of Joni Mitchell: Gender, Performance and Agency

1st Edition

Anne Karppinen
February 07, 2019

An unorthodox musician from the start, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's style of composing, performing, and of playing (and tuning) the guitar is unique. In the framework of sexual difference and the gendered discourses of rock this immediately begs the questions: are Mitchell's songs specifically...

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