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Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series


About the Series

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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Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation

Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation

1st Edition

By Roxy Robinson
February 04, 2016

The spread of UK music festivals has exploded since 2000. In this major contribution to cultural studies, the lid is lifted on the contemporary festival scene. Gone are the days of a handful of formulaic, large events dominating the market place. Across the country, hundreds of ’boutique’ ...

As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising

As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising

1st Edition

By Bethany Klein
April 28, 2010

The use of popular music in advertising represents one of the most pervasive mergers of cultural and commercial objectives in the modern age. Steady public response to popular music in television commercials, ranging from the celebratory to the outraged, highlights both unresolved tensions around ...

Black British Jazz Routes, Ownership and Performance

Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance

1st Edition

By Jason Toynbee, Catherine Tackley
September 08, 2014

Black British musicians have been making jazz since around 1920 when the genre first arrived in Britain. This groundbreaking book reveals their hidden history and major contribution to the development of jazz in the UK. More than this, though, the chapters show the importance of black British jazz ...

Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten: German Experimental Music 'Evading do-re-mi'

Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten: German Experimental Music: 'Evading do-re-mi'

1st Edition

By Jennifer Shryane
November 28, 2011

At the end of his life, Pierre Schaeffer commented that his musical and sound experiments had attempted to go beyond 'do-re-mi'. This had a direct bearing on Einstürzende Neubauten's musical philosophy and work, with the musicians always striving to extend the boundaries of music in sound, ...

Post-War French Popular Music: Cultural Identity and the Brel-Brassens-Ferré Myth

Post-War French Popular Music: Cultural Identity and the Brel-Brassens-Ferré Myth

1st Edition

By Adeline Cordier
August 29, 2014

Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré are three emblematic figures of post-war French popular music who have been constantly associated with each other by the public and the media. They have been described as the epitome of chanson, and of 'Frenchness'. But there is more to the trio than a ...

Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon

Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon

1st Edition

By Stan Hawkins, Sarah Niblock
August 29, 2013

The career of the prolific pop artist Prince has become inextricably intertwined with the history of popular music since the late 1970s. This multi-instrumental icon, who remains one of the highest-grossing live performers in America, has been called a genius for his musicianship, composition and ...

This is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and Popular Culture

This is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and Popular Culture

1st Edition

By Katherine L. Turner
April 07, 2016

The use of irony in music is just beginning to be defined and critiqued, although it has been used, implied and decried by composers, performers, listeners and critics for centuries. Irony in popular music is especially worthy of study because it is pervasive, even fundamental to the music, the ...

Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song

Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song

1st Edition

By Allan F. Moore
March 28, 2012

The musicological study of popular music has developed, particularly over the past twenty years, into an established aspect of the discipline. The academic community is now well placed to discuss exactly what is going on in any example of popular music and the theoretical foundation for such ...

Popular Music Matters Essays in Honour of Simon Frith

Popular Music Matters: Essays in Honour of Simon Frith

1st Edition

By Lee Marshall, Dave Laing
October 15, 2014

Simon Frith has been one of the most important figures in the emergence and subsequent development of popular music studies. From his earliest academic publication, The Sociology of Rock (1978), through to his recent work on the live music industry in the UK, in his desire to ’take popular music ...

From the chanson française to the canzone d'autore in the 1960s and 1970s Authenticity, Authority, Influence

From the chanson française to the canzone d'autore in the 1960s and 1970s: Authenticity, Authority, Influence

1st Edition

By Rachel Haworth
March 22, 2016

The similarities between the chanson française and the canzone d'autore have been often noted but never fully explored. Both genres are national forms which involve the figure of the singer-songwriter, both experienced their golden age of production in the post-World War II period and both are ...

Where Music Helps: Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection

Where Music Helps: Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection

1st Edition

By Brynjulf Stige, Gary Ansdell, Mercédès Pavlicevic
March 15, 2016

This book explores how people may use music in ways that are helpful for them, especially in relation to a sense of wellbeing, belonging and participation. The central premise for the study is that help is not a decontextualized effect that music produces. The book contributes to the current ...

PJ Harvey and Music Video Performance

PJ Harvey and Music Video Performance

1st Edition

By Abigail Gardner
October 16, 2015

PJ Harvey’s performances are premised on the core contention that she is somehow causing ’trouble’. Just how this trouble can be theorised within the context of the music video and what it means for a development of the ways we might conceptualise ’disruption’ and think about music video lies at ...

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