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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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Popular Music, Cultural Politics and Music Education in China

Popular Music, Cultural Politics and Music Education in China

1st Edition

By 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

By 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

Edited By 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

By 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...

Music and Irish Identity Celtic Tiger Blues

Music and Irish Identity: Celtic Tiger Blues

1st Edition

By Gerry Smyth
February 04, 2019

Music and Irish Identity represents the latest stage in a life-long project for Gerry Smyth, focusing here on the ways in which music engages with particular aspects of Irish identity. The nature of popular music and the Irish identity it supposedly articulates have both undergone profound change ...

The Lost Women of Rock Music Female Musicians of the Punk Era

The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era

1st Edition

By Helen Reddington
January 03, 2019

In Britain during the late 1970s and early 1980s, a new phenomenon emerged, with female guitarists, bass-players, keyboard-players and drummers playing in bands. Before this time, women's presence in rock bands, with a few notable exceptions, had always been as vocalists. This sudden influx of ...

Rock: The Primary Text Developing a Musicology of Rock

Rock: The Primary Text: Developing a Musicology of Rock

3rd Edition

By Allan F Moore, Remy Martin
September 10, 2018

This thoroughly revised third edition of Allan F. Moore's ground-breaking book, now co-authored with Remy Martin, incorporates new material on rock music theory, style change and the hermeneutic method developed in Moore’s Song Means (2012). An even larger array of musicians is discussed, bringing ...

Popular Song in the First World War An International Perspective

Popular Song in the First World War: An International Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By John Mullen
September 26, 2018

What did popular song mean to people across the world during the First World War? For the first time, song repertoires and musical industries from countries on both sides in the Great War as well as from neutral countries are analysed in one exciting volume. Experts from around the world, and with ...

Stories We Could Tell Putting Words To American Popular Music

Stories We Could Tell: Putting Words To American Popular Music

1st Edition

By David Sanjek, Benjamin Halligan, Mark Duffett, Tom Attah
September 08, 2018

How has the history of rock ‘n’ roll been told? Has it become formulaic? Or remained, like the music itself, open to outside influences? Who have been the genre’s primary historians? What common frameworks or sets of assumptions have music history narratives shared? And, most importantly, what is ...

Perspectives on German Popular Music

Perspectives on German Popular Music

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Ahlers, Christoph Jacke
August 14, 2018

In this book, native popular musicologists focus on their own popular music cultures from Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the first time: from subcultural to mainstream phenomena; from the 1950s to contemporary acts. Starting with an introduction and two chapters on the histories of German ...

Music Festivals in the UK Beyond the Carnivalesque

Music Festivals in the UK: Beyond the Carnivalesque

1st Edition

By Chris Anderton
July 09, 2018

The outdoor music festival market has developed and commercialised significantly since the mid-1990s, and is now a mainstream part of the British summertime leisure experience. The overall number of outdoor music festivals staged in the UK doubled between 2005 and 2011 to reach a peak of over 500 ...

Popular Music in France from Chanson to Techno Culture, Identity and Society

Popular Music in France from Chanson to Techno: Culture, Identity and Society

1st Edition

By Steve Cannon, Hugh Dauncey
November 28, 2016

In France during the 1960s and 1970s, popular music became a key component of socio-cultural modernisation as the music/record industry became increasingly important in both economic and cultural terms in response to demographic changes and the rise of the modern media. As France began questioning ...

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