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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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Countercultures and Popular Music

Countercultures and Popular Music

1st Edition

By Sheila Whiteley, Jedediah Sklower
September 09, 2016

’Counterculture’ emerged as a term in the late 1960s and has been re-deployed in more recent decades in relation to other forms of cultural and socio-political phenomena. This volume provides an essential new academic scrutiny of the concept of ’counterculture’ and a critical examination of the ...

Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

1st Edition

By Harriet J. Manning
September 09, 2016

Blackface minstrelsy, the nineteenth-century performance practice in which ideas and images of blackness were constructed and theatricalized by and for whites, continues to permeate contemporary popular music and its audience. Harriet J. Manning argues that this legacy is nowhere more evident than ...

Popular Music and the State in the UK Culture, Trade or Industry?

Popular Music and the State in the UK: Culture, Trade or Industry?

1st Edition

By Martin Cloonan
September 09, 2016

In an era of the rise of the free market and economic globalization, Martin Cloonan examines why politicians and policymakers in the UK have sought to intervene in popular music - a field that has often been held up as the epitome of the free market form. Cloonan traces the development of ...

The Hallelujah Effect Philosophical Reflections on Music, Performance Practice, and Technology

The Hallelujah Effect: Philosophical Reflections on Music, Performance Practice, and Technology

1st Edition

By Babette Babich
September 09, 2016

This book studies the working efficacy of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah in the context of today's network culture. Especially as recorded on YouTube, k.d. lang's interpretation(s) of Cohen's Hallelujah, embody acoustically and visually/viscerally, what Nietzsche named the 'spirit of music'. Today...

The Sociology of Wind Bands Amateur Music Between Cultural Domination and Autonomy

The Sociology of Wind Bands: Amateur Music Between Cultural Domination and Autonomy

1st Edition

By Vincent Dubois, Jean-Matthieu Méon, translated by Jean-Yves Bart
September 09, 2016

Despite the musical and social roles they play in many parts of the world, wind bands have not attracted much interest from sociologists. The Sociology of Wind Bands seeks to fill this gap in research by providing a sociological account of this musical universe as it stands now. Based on a ...

Experiencing 'Flow' in Jazz Performance

Experiencing 'Flow' in Jazz Performance

1st Edition

By Elina Hytönen-Ng
August 26, 2016

The term 'flow' refers to experiences where the musician moves into a consciousness in which time seems to be suspended and perception of reality is blurred by unconscious forces. An essential part of the jazz tradition, which often serves as the foundation of the musician's identity, flow is ...

Global Repertoires Popular Music Within and Beyond the Transnational Music Industry

Global Repertoires: Popular Music Within and Beyond the Transnational Music Industry

1st Edition

By Andreas Gebesmair, Alfred Smudits
August 26, 2016

With just four record companies controlling nearly 80 per cent of the world market in popular music, issues of globalization are evidently significant to our understanding of how and why popular music is made and distributed. As transnational industries seek to open up increasingly larger markets, ...

Political Rock

Political Rock

1st Edition

By Kristine Weglarz, Mark Pedelty
August 26, 2016

Political Rock features luminary figures in rock music that have stood out not only for their performances, but also for their politics. The book opens with a comparative, cultural history of artists who have played important roles in social movements. Individual chapters are devoted to The Clash ...

The British Barbershopper A Study in Socio-Musical Values

The British Barbershopper: A Study in Socio-Musical Values

1st Edition

By Liz Garnett
August 26, 2016

Barbershop singing is a distinctive and under-documented facet of Britain's musical landscape. Imported from the USA in the 1960s, it has developed into an active and highly organized musical community characterized by strong social support structures and a proselytizing passion for its particular ...

Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream

Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream

1st Edition

By Jerry Zolten, Kenneth Womack
February 28, 2012

There is little question about the incredible power of Bruce Springsteen's work as a particularly transformative art, as a lyrical and musical fusion that never shies away from sifting through the rubble of human conflict. As Rolling Stone magazine's Parke Puterbaugh observes, Springsteen 'is a ...

Litpop: Writing and Popular Music

Litpop: Writing and Popular Music

1st Edition

By Rachel Carroll, Adam Hansen
December 05, 2014

Bringing together exciting new interdisciplinary work from emerging and established scholars in the UK and beyond, Litpop addresses the question: how has writing past and present been influenced by popular music, and vice versa? Contributions explore how various forms of writing have had a crucial ...

Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics

Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics

1st Edition

By Benjamin Halligan, Michael Goddard
May 28, 2010

This volume offers a comprehensive range of approaches to the work of Mark E. Smith and his band The Fall in relation to music, art and politics. Mark E. Smith remains one of the most divisive and idiosyncratic figures in popular music after a recording career with The Fall that spans thirty years....

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