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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 Irishness of Irish Music

The Irishness of Irish Music

1st Edition

By John O'Flynn
November 15, 2016

This book brings together important material from a range of sources and highlights how government organizations, musicians, academics and commercial companies are concerned with, and seek to use, a particular notion of Irish musical identity. Rooting the study in the context of the recent history ...

Turkish Metal Music, Meaning, and Morality in a Muslim Society

Turkish Metal: Music, Meaning, and Morality in a Muslim Society

1st Edition

By Pierre Hecker
November 15, 2016

Turkish Metal journeys deep into the heart of the Turkish heavy metal scene, uncovering the emergence, evolution, and especially the social implications of this controversial musical genre in a Muslim society. The book applies an ethnographic approach in order to study social and cultural change in...

B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present

B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present

1st Edition

By George Plasketes
November 10, 2016

There are undercurrents and peripheral taste preferences that are a defining part of our individual and collective cultural experience. Music is no exception. George Plasketes adapts the iconic "A-side/B-side" dichotomy from the 45 r.p.m. for use as a unique conceptual, critical, historical, and ...

Bhangra Moves From Ludhiana to London and Beyond

Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond

1st Edition

By Anjali Gera Roy
November 10, 2016

Bhangra is commonly understood as the hybrid music produced in Britain by British Asian music producers through mixing Panjabi folk melodies with western pop and black dance rhythms. This is derived from a Punjabi harvest dance of the same name. This book looks at Bhangra's global flows from one ...

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Essays on Debut Albums

1st Edition

Edited By George Plasketes
November 10, 2016

Debut albums are among the cultural artefacts that capture the popular imagination especially well. As a first impression, the debut album may take on a mythical status, whether the artist or group achieves enduring success or in rare cases when an initial record turns out to be an apogee for an ...

The British Pop Dandy Masculinity, Popular Music and Culture

The British Pop Dandy: Masculinity, Popular Music and Culture

1st Edition

By Stan Hawkins
October 27, 2016

Who are pop dandies? Why are stars like David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty and Robbie Williams so dandified? Taking up a wide range of British pop stars, Hawkins seeks to find out why so many have cast themselves in roles that often take style to absurd extremes. In this study, male pop ...

'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop Music

'Blerwytirhwng?' The Place of Welsh Pop Music

1st Edition

By Sarah Hill
October 26, 2016

In the 1960s, Welsh-language popular music emerged as a vehicle for mobilizing a geographically dispersed community into political action. As the decades progressed, Welsh popular music developed beyond its acoustic folk roots, adopting the various styles of contemporary popular music, and ...

Living Politics, Making Music The Writings of Jan Fairley

Living Politics, Making Music: The Writings of Jan Fairley

1st Edition

By Jan Fairley, edited by Simon Frith, Ian Christie
October 26, 2016

The late Jan Fairley (1949-2012) was a key figure in making world music a significant topic for popular music studies and an influential contributor to such world music magazines as fRoots and Songlines. This book celebrates her contribution to popular music scholarship by gathering her most ...

Men, Masculinity and the Beatles

Men, Masculinity and the Beatles

1st Edition

By Martin King
October 26, 2016

Drawing on methodologies and approaches from media and cultural studies, sociology, social history and the study of popular music, this book outlines the development of the study of men and masculinities, and explores the role of cultural texts in bringing about social change. It is against this ...

Inside British Jazz Crossing Borders of Race, Nation and Class

Inside British Jazz: Crossing Borders of Race, Nation and Class

1st Edition

By Hilary Moore
October 19, 2016

Inside British Jazz explores specific historical moments in British jazz history and places special emphasis upon issues of race, nation and class. Topics covered include the reception of jazz in Britain in the 1910s and 1920s, the British New Orleans jazz revival of the 1950s, the free jazz ...

Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia

Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia

1st Edition

By Uroš Čvoro
October 19, 2016

Turbo-folk music is the most controversial form of popular culture in the new states of former Yugoslavia. Theoretically ambitious and innovative, this book is a new account of popular music that has been at the centre of national, political and cultural debates for over two decades. Beginning with...

Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location Between the Global and the Local

Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local

1st Edition

By Vanessa Knights, Ian Biddle
October 06, 2016

How are national identities constructed and articulated through music? Popular music has long been associated with political dissent, and the nation state has consistently demonstrated a determination to seek out and procure for itself a stake in the management of 'its' popular musics. Similarly, ...

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