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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 Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest

The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest

1st Edition

Ian Peddie
March 28, 2006

Popular music has traditionally served as a rallying point for voices of opposition, across a huge variety of genres. This volume examines the various ways popular music has been deployed as anti-establishment and how such opposition both influences and responds to the music produced. Implicit in ...

White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Indie Guitar Rock

White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Indie Guitar Rock

1st Edition

Matthew Bannister
September 22, 2006

To what extent do indie masculinities challenge the historical construction of rock music as patriarchal? This key question is addressed by Matthew Bannister, involving an in-depth examination of indie guitar rock in the 1980s as the culturally and historically specific production of white men. ...

Punk Rock Warlord: the Life and Work of Joe Strummer

Punk Rock Warlord: the Life and Work of Joe Strummer

1st Edition

Barry J. Faulk, Brady Harrison
March 28, 2015

Punk Rock Warlord explores the relevance of Joe Strummer within the continuing legacies of both punk rock and progressive politics. It is aimed at scholars and general readers interested in The Clash, punk culture, and the intersections between pop music and politics, on both sides of the Atlantic...

Changing Tunes: The Use of Pre-existing Music in Film

Changing Tunes: The Use of Pre-existing Music in Film

1st Edition

Robynn Stilwell, Phil Powrie
September 25, 2017

The study of pre-existing film music is now a well-established part of Film Studies, covering 'classical' music and popular music. Generally, these broad musical types are studied in isolation. This anthology brings them together in twelve focused case studies by a range of scholars, including ...

Chanson The French Singer-Songwriter from Aristide Bruant to the Present Day

Chanson: The French Singer-Songwriter from Aristide Bruant to the Present Day

1st Edition

Peter Hawkins
September 25, 2017

’En France, tout finit par des chansons’ is the well-known phrase which sums up the importance of chanson for the French. A song tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages and troubadours of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, chanson is part of the texture of everyday life in France - a part of...

Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945

Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945

1st Edition

Jon Stratton, Nabeel Zuberi
June 29, 2017

Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945 provides the first broad scholarly discussion of this music since 1990. The book critically examines key moments in the history of black British popular music from 1940s jazz to 1970s soul and reggae, 1990s Jungle and the sounds of Dubstep and Grime that ...

Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain

Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain

1st Edition

William Washabaugh
May 24, 2017

Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain explores the efforts of the current government in southern Spain to establish flamenco music as a significant patrimonial symbol and marker of cultural identity. Further, it aims to demonstrate that these Andalusian efforts form part of the ambitious ...

Hollywood Theory, Non-Hollywood Practice Cinema Soundtracks in the 1980s and 1990s

Hollywood Theory, Non-Hollywood Practice: Cinema Soundtracks in the 1980s and 1990s

1st Edition

Annette Davison
May 16, 2017

Relatively little has been written about film scores and soundtracks outside of Hollywood cinema. Hollywood Theory, Non-Hollywood Practice addresses this gap by looking at the practices of film soundtrack composition for non-Hollywood films made after 1980. Annette Davison argues that since the mid...

The Evolution of Jazz in Britain, 1880–1935

The Evolution of Jazz in Britain, 1880–1935

1st Edition

Catherine Tackley (née Parsonage)
May 16, 2017

As a popular music, the evolution of jazz is tied to the contemporary sociological situation. Jazz was brought from America into a very different environment in Britain and resulted in the establishment of parallel worlds of jazz by the end of the 1920s: within the realms of institutionalized ...

How Popular Musicians Learn A Way Ahead for Music Education

How Popular Musicians Learn: A Way Ahead for Music Education

1st Edition

Lucy Green
July 04, 2002

Popular musicians acquire some or all of their skills and knowledge informally, outside school or university, and with little help from trained instrumental teachers. How do they go about this process? Despite the fact that popular music has recently entered formal music education, we have as yet a...

Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy

Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy

1st Edition

Lucy Green
May 15, 2008

This pioneering book reveals how the music classroom can draw upon the world of popular musicians' informal learning practices, so as to recognize and foster a range of musical skills and knowledge that have long been overlooked within music education. It investigates how far informal learning ...

British Rock Modernism, 1967-1977 The Story of Music Hall in Rock

British Rock Modernism, 1967-1977: The Story of Music Hall in Rock

1st Edition

Barry J. Faulk
February 27, 2017

British Rock Modernism, 1967-1977 explains how the definitive British rock performers of this epoch aimed, not at the youthful rebellion for which they are legendary, but at a highly self-conscious project of commenting on the business in which they were engaged. They did so by ironically ...

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