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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 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

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

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

Sophy Smith
December 02, 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

John S. Partington
December 02, 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

Pete Dale
November 30, 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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

Elvis Costello and Thatcherism A Psycho-Social Exploration

Elvis Costello and Thatcherism: A Psycho-Social Exploration

1st Edition

David Pilgrim, Richard Ormrod
November 23, 2016

The emergence of Thatcherism around 1980, which ushered in a period of neo-liberalism in British politics that still resonates today, led musicians, like other artists, to respond to their context of production. This book uses the early work of one of these musicians, Elvis Costello, to explore the...

Adapting Idols: Authenticity, Identity and Performance in a Global Television Format

Adapting Idols: Authenticity, Identity and Performance in a Global Television Format

1st Edition

Joost de Bruin, Koos Zwaan
November 17, 2016

Since the first series of Pop Idol aired in the UK just over a decade ago, Idols television shows have been broadcast in more than forty countries all over the world. In all those countries the global Idols format has been adapted to local cultures and production contexts, resulting in a plethora ...

Grunge: Music and Memory

Grunge: Music and Memory

1st Edition

Catherine Strong
November 17, 2016

Grunge has been perceived as the music that defined 'Generation X'. Twenty years after the height of the movement there is still considerable interest in its rise and fall, and its main figures such as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. As a form of 'retro' music it is even experiencing a resurgence, ...

Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s

Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s

1st Edition

John Hughes
November 17, 2016

Invisible Now describes Bob Dylan's transformative inspiration as artist and cultural figure in the 1960s. Hughes identifies Dylan's creativity with an essential imaginative dynamic, as the singer perpetually departs from a former state of inexpression in pursuit of new, as yet unknown, powers of ...

'Rock On': Women, Ageing and Popular Music

'Rock On': Women, Ageing and Popular Music

1st Edition

Abigail Gardner, Ros Jennings
November 15, 2016

For female pop stars, whose star bodies and star performances are undisputedly the objects of a sexualized external gaze, the process of ageing in public poses particular challenges. Taking a broadly feminist perspective, 'Rock On': women, ageing and popular music shifts popular music studies in a ...

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