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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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Music and Irish Identity Celtic Tiger Blues

Music and Irish Identity: Celtic Tiger Blues

1st Edition

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

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 ...

Popular Song in the First World War An International Perspective

Popular Song in the First World War: An International Perspective

1st Edition

John Mullen
October 23, 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

David Sanjek, Benjamin Halligan, Mark Duffett, Tom Attah
September 26, 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 ...

Rock: The Primary Text Developing a Musicology of Rock

Rock: The Primary Text: Developing a Musicology of Rock

3rd Edition

Allan F Moore, Remy Martin
October 02, 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 ...

Perspectives on German Popular Music

Perspectives on German Popular Music

1st Edition

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

Chris Anderton
August 02, 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 ...

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

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

1st Edition

Olivier Julien
July 23, 2009

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 ...

Understanding Scotland Musically Folk, Tradition and Policy

Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition and Policy

1st Edition

Simon McKerrell, Gary West
February 20, 2018

Scottish traditional music has been through a successful revival in the mid-twentieth century and has now entered a professionalised and public space. Devolution in the UK and the surge of political debate surrounding the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014 led to a greater scrutiny of ...

Decline, Renewal and the City in Popular Music Culture: Beyond the Beatles

Decline, Renewal and the City in Popular Music Culture: Beyond the Beatles

1st Edition

Sara Cohen
April 28, 2007

How is popular music culture connected with the life, image, and identity of a city? How, for example, did the Beatles emerge in Liverpool, how did they come to be categorized as part of Liverpool culture and identity and used to develop and promote the city, and how have connections between the ...

Remembering Woodstock

Remembering Woodstock

1st Edition

Andy Bennett
June 17, 2004

The Woodstock festival of 1969, which featured such groups and artists as the Who, Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, is remembered as much for its 'bringing together' of the counter-cultural generation as for the music performed. The event represented a ...

The British Folk Revival 1944–2002

The British Folk Revival: 1944–2002

1st Edition

Michael Brocken
December 19, 2003

The British Folk Revival is the very first historical and theoretical work to consider the post-war folk revival in Britain from a popular music studies perspective. Michael Brocken provides a historical narrative of the folk revival from the 1940s up until the 1990s, beginning with the emergence ...

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