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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 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 ...

Elvis Costello and Thatcherism A Psycho-Social Exploration

Elvis Costello and Thatcherism: A Psycho-Social Exploration

1st Edition

By 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

By 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 ...

Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s

Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s

1st Edition

By 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

By 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 ...

Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain

Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain

1st Edition

By Michael Pickering
November 15, 2016

Blackface minstrelsy is associated particularly with popular culture in the United States and Britain, yet despite the continual two-way flow of performers, troupes and companies across the Atlantic, there is little in Britain to match the scholarship of blackface studies in the States. This book ...

Jews, Race and Popular Music

Jews, Race and Popular Music

1st Edition

By Jon Stratton
November 15, 2016

Jon Stratton provides a pioneering work on Jews as a racialized group in the popular music of America, Britain and Australia during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Rather than taking a narrative, historical approach the book consists of a number of case studies, looking at the ...

Making New Zealand's Pop Renaissance State, Markets, Musicians

Making New Zealand's Pop Renaissance: State, Markets, Musicians

1st Edition

By Michael Scott
November 15, 2016

Since the early 2000s New Zealand has undergone a pop renaissance. Domestic artists' sales, airplay and concert attendance have all grown dramatically while new avenues for 'kiwi' pop exports emerged. Concurrent with these trends was a new collective sentiment that embraced and celebrated domestic ...

Other Voices: Hidden Histories of Liverpool's Popular Music Scenes, 1930s-1970s

Other Voices: Hidden Histories of Liverpool's Popular Music Scenes, 1930s-1970s

1st Edition

By Michael Brocken
November 15, 2016

At times it appears that a whole industry exists to perpetuate the myth of origin of the Beatles. There certainly exists a popular music (or perhaps 'rock') origin myth concerning this group and the city of Liverpool and this draws in devotees, as if on a pilgrimage, to Liverpool itself. Once '...

Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music

Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music

1st Edition

By Doris Leibetseder
November 15, 2016

Queer Tracks describes motifs in popular music that deviate from heterosexual orientation, the binary gender system and fixed identities. This exciting cutting-edge work deals with the key concepts of current gender politics and queer theory in rock and pop music, including irony, parody, camp, ...

Sonic Synergies: Music, Technology, Community, Identity

Sonic Synergies: Music, Technology, Community, Identity

1st Edition

Edited By Gerry Bloustien, Susan Luckman, Margaret Peters
November 15, 2016

Sonic Synergies: Music, Technology, Community, Identity focuses on the new and emerging synergies of music and digital technology within the new knowledge economies. Eighteen scholars representing six international perspectives explore the global and local ramifications of rapidly changing new ...

The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance

The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance

1st Edition

By Susan H. Motherway
November 15, 2016

In The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance Susan Motherway examines the ways in which performers mediate the divide between local and global markets by negotiating this dichotomy in performance practice. In so doing, she discusses the globalizing processes that exert transformative ...

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