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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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How Popular Musicians Learn A Way Ahead for Music Education

How Popular Musicians Learn: A Way Ahead for Music Education

1st Edition

By Lucy Green
June 09, 2017

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...

Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain

Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain

1st Edition

By 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

By 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

By 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 ...

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

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

1st Edition

By Lucy Green
March 03, 2016

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

By 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 ...

How Britain Got the Blues: The Transmission and Reception of American Blues Style in the United Kingdom

How Britain Got the Blues: The Transmission and Reception of American Blues Style in the United Kingdom

1st Edition

By Roberta Freund Schwartz
February 27, 2017

This book explores how, and why, the blues became a central component of English popular music in the 1960s. It is commonly known that many 'British invasion' rock bands were heavily influenced by Chicago and Delta blues styles. But how, exactly, did Britain get the blues? Blues records by African ...

Song Interpretation in 21st-Century Pop Music

Song Interpretation in 21st-Century Pop Music

1st Edition

By Ralf von Appen, André Doehring, Allan F. Moore
December 20, 2016

Existing books on the analysis of popular music focus on theory and methodology, and normally discuss parts of songs briefly as examples. The impression often given is that songs are being chosen simply to illuminate and exemplify a theoretical position. In this book the obverse is true: songs take...

Hip-Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration

Hip-Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration

1st Edition

By Sophy Smith
December 01, 2016

Armed only with turntables, a mixer and a pile of records, hip-hop DJs and turntable musicians have changed the face of music. However, whilst hip-hop has long been recognised as an influential popular culture both culturally and sociologically, hip-hop music is rarely taken seriously as an ...

The Life, Music and Thought of Woody Guthrie A Critical Appraisal

The Life, Music and Thought of Woody Guthrie: A Critical Appraisal

1st Edition

Edited By John S. Partington
December 01, 2016

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912-67) has had an immense impact on popular culture throughout the world. His folk music brought traditional song from the rural communities of the American southwest to the urban American listener and, through the global influence of American culture, to listeners and ...

Anyone Can Do It: Empowerment, Tradition and the Punk Underground

Anyone Can Do It: Empowerment, Tradition and the Punk Underground

1st Edition

By Pete Dale
November 29, 2016

For more than three decades, a punk underground has repeatedly insisted that 'anyone can do it'. This underground punk movement has evolved via several micro-traditions, each offering distinct and novel presentations of what punk is, isn't, or should be. Underlying all these punk micro-traditions ...

The Defence of Tradition in Brazilian Popular Music Politics, Culture and the Creation of Música Popular Brasileira

The Defence of Tradition in Brazilian Popular Music: Politics, Culture and the Creation of Música Popular Brasileira

1st Edition

By Sean Stroud
November 28, 2016

Sean Stroud examines how and why Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) has come to have such a high status, and why the musical tradition (including MPB) within Brazil has been defended with such vigour for so long. He emphasizes the importance of musical nationalism as an underlying ideology to ...

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