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Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series


About the Series

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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Death and the Rock Star

Death and the Rock Star

1st Edition

By Catherine Strong, Barbara Lebrun
October 05, 2015

The untimely deaths of Amy Winehouse (2011) and Whitney Houston (2012), and the ’resurrection’ of Tupac Shakur for a performance at the Coachella music festival in April 2012, have focused the media spotlight on the relationship between popular music, fame and death. If the phrase ’sex, drugs and ...

The Quest for the Melodic Electric Bass From Jamerson to Spenner

The Quest for the Melodic Electric Bass: From Jamerson to Spenner

1st Edition

By Per Elias Drabløs
October 06, 2015

The double bass - the preferred bass instrument in popular music during the 1960s - was challenged and subsequently superseded by the advent of a new electric bass instrument. From the mid-1960s and throughout the 1970s, a melismatic and inconsistent approach towards the bass role ensued, which ...

The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War

The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War

1st Edition

By John Mullen
August 14, 2015

Using a collection of over one thousand popular songs from the war years, as well as around 150 soldiers’ songs, John Mullen provides a fascinating insight into the world of popular entertainment during the First World War. Mullen considers the position of songs of this time within the history of ...

The Twenty-First-Century Legacy of the Beatles Liverpool and Popular Music Heritage Tourism

The Twenty-First-Century Legacy of the Beatles: Liverpool and Popular Music Heritage Tourism

1st Edition

By Michael Brocken
July 10, 2015

It has taken Liverpool almost half a century to come to terms with the musical, cultural and now economic legacy of the Beatles and popular music. At times the group was negatively associated with sex and drugs images surrounding rock music: deemed unacceptable by the city fathers, and unworthy of ...

Vibe Merchants: The Sound Creators of Jamaican Popular Music

Vibe Merchants: The Sound Creators of Jamaican Popular Music

1st Edition

By Ray Hitchins
August 11, 2014

Vibe Merchants offers an insider’s perspective on the development of Jamaican Popular Music, researched and analysed by a thirty-year veteran with a wide range of experience in performance, production and academic study. This rare perspective, derived from interviews and ethnographic methodologies,...

Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives

Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

By Martin Dowling
February 19, 2016

Written from the perspective of a scholar and performer, Traditional Music and Irish Society investigates the relation of traditional music to Irish modernity. The opening chapter integrates a thorough survey of the early sources of Irish music with recent work on Irish social history in the ...

Ubiquitous Musics The Everyday Sounds That We Don't Always Notice

Ubiquitous Musics: The Everyday Sounds That We Don't Always Notice

1st Edition

Edited By Marta García Quiñones, Anahid Kassabian, Elena Boschi
February 19, 2016

Ubiquitous Musics offers a multidisciplinary approach to the pervasive presence of music in everyday life. The essays address a variety of situations in which music is present alongside other activities and does not demand focused attention from (sometimes involuntary) listeners. The contributors ...

Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting as a Social Practice

Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting as a Social Practice

1st Edition

By Roy Shuker
February 19, 2016

The term 'record collecting' is shorthand for a variety of related practices. Foremost is the collection of sound recordings in various formats - although often with a marked preference for vinyl - by individuals, and it is this dimension of record collecting that is the focus of this book. Record ...

Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record

Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record

1st Edition

By Richard Osborne
June 30, 2014

Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record is the first in-depth study of the vinyl record. Richard Osborne traces the evolution of the recording format from its roots in the first sound recording experiments to its survival in the world of digital technologies. This book addresses the record's ...

When Music Migrates Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines, 1945–2010

When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines, 1945–2010

1st Edition

By Jon Stratton
September 25, 2014

When Music Migrates uses rich material to examine the ways that music has crossed racial faultlines that have developed in the post-Second World War era as a consequence of the movement of previously colonized peoples to the countries that colonized them. This development, which can be thought of ...

We are the Champions: The Politics of Sports and Popular Music

We are the Champions: The Politics of Sports and Popular Music

1st Edition

By Ken McLeod
August 25, 2011

Sports and popular music are synergistic agents in the construction of identity and community. They are often interconnected through common cross-marketing tactics and through influence on each other's performative strategies and stylistic content. Typically only studied as separate entities, ...

Popular Music and Human Rights 2 volume set

Popular Music and Human Rights: 2 volume set

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Peddie
November 30, 2012

Popular music has long understood that human rights, if attainable at all, involve a struggle without end. The right to imagine an individual will, the right to some form of self-determination and the right to self-legislation have long been at the forefront of popular music's approach to human ...

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