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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 to Make Music in an Epidemic Popular Music Making During the AIDS Crisis, 1981-1996

How to Make Music in an Epidemic: Popular Music Making During the AIDS Crisis, 1981-1996

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Matthew Jones
June 07, 2024

This volume examines responses to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in Anglophone popular musicians and music video during the AIDS crisis (1981–1996). Through close reading of song lyrics, musical texts, and music videos, this book demonstrates how music played an integral part in the artistic-activist ...

Interrogating Popular Music and the City

Interrogating Popular Music and the City

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Shane Homan, Catherine Strong, Seamus O'Hanlon, John Tebbutt
June 03, 2024

How does popular music influence the culture and reputation of a city, and what does a city do to popular music? Interrogating Popular Music and the City examines the ways in which urban environments and music cultures intersect in various locales around the globe. Music and cities have been ...

Community-based Traditional Music in Scotland A Pedagogy of Participation

Community-based Traditional Music in Scotland: A Pedagogy of Participation

1st Edition

By Josephine L. Miller
May 27, 2024

This book examines the community-based learning and teaching of ‘traditional’ music in contemporary Scotland, with implications for transnational theoretical issues. The book draws on a broad range of scholarship and a local case study of a large organisation. A historical perspective provides an ...

One-Track Mind Capitalism, Technology, and the Art of the Pop Song

One-Track Mind: Capitalism, Technology, and the Art of the Pop Song

1st Edition

Edited By Asif Siddiqi
May 27, 2024

The song remains the most basic unit of modern pop music. Shaped into being by historical forces—cultural, aesthetic, and technical—the song provides both performer and audience with a world marked off by a short, discrete, and temporally demarcated experience. One-Track Mind: Capitalism, ...

Paul Weller and Popular Music Identity, Idiolect and Image

Paul Weller and Popular Music: Identity, Idiolect and Image

1st Edition

By Andrew West
May 27, 2024

Using research, analysis and a range of historical sources, Paul Weller and Popular Music immerses the reader in the excitement of Paul Weller’s unique creative journey, covering topics such as the artist’s position within his field; his creative processes; the contexts in which the music was made;...

The Genesis and Structure of the Hungarian Jazz Diaspora

The Genesis and Structure of the Hungarian Jazz Diaspora

1st Edition

By Ádám Havas
January 29, 2024

In Hungary, jazz was at the forefront of heated debates sparked by the racialised tensions between national music traditions and newly emerging forms of popular culture that challenged the prevailing status quo within the cultural hierarchies of different historical eras. Drawing on an ...

The Beatles and Vocal Expression

The Beatles and Vocal Expression

1st Edition

By Bláithín Duggan
December 01, 2023

The Beatles and Vocal Expression examines popular song through the topic of paralanguage – a sub-category of nonverbal communication that addresses characteristics of speech that modify meaning and convey emotion. It responds to the general consensus regarding the limitations of Western art music ...

Popular Music in Spanish Cinema

Popular Music in Spanish Cinema

1st Edition

Edited By Lidia López Gómez
August 25, 2023

Popular Music in Spanish Cinema analyses the aesthetics and stylistic development of soundtracks from national productions, considering how political instability and cultural diversity in Spain determined the ways of making art and managing culture. As a pioneering study in this field, the ...

Musical Psychedelia Research at the Intersection of Music and Psychedelic Experience

Musical Psychedelia: Research at the Intersection of Music and Psychedelic Experience

1st Edition

Edited By Gemma L. Farrell
July 31, 2023

Psychedelic music is a fascinating yet under-researched field of study. This thought-provoking collection offers a broad introduction to the field of psychedelic music studies, bringing together scholarly work on psychedelic music in genres like rock, folk, electronic dance music and pop. Through ...

Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

2nd Edition

By Harriet J. Manning
June 16, 2023

Michael Jackson challenged the power structure of the American music industry and struck at the heart of blackface minstrelsy, America’s first form of mass entertainment. The response was a derisive caricature that over time Jackson subverted through his art. In this expanded, all-new edition, ...

The Music and Noise of the Stooges, 1967-71 Lost in the Future

The Music and Noise of the Stooges, 1967-71: Lost in the Future

1st Edition

By Michael S. Begnal
May 31, 2023

 The Stooges have come to be considered one of the most important rock bands, especially in regard to the formation of punk. By emphasizing their influence on later developments, however, critics tend to overlook the significance of the band in their own context and era. The Music and Noise of...

The Evolution of Chinese Popular Music Modernization and Globalization, 1927 to the Present

The Evolution of Chinese Popular Music: Modernization and Globalization, 1927 to the Present

1st Edition

By Ya-Hui Cheng
April 14, 2023

Ya-Hui Cheng examines the emergence of popular music genres – jazz, rock, and hip-hop – in Chinese society, covering the social underpinnings that shaped the development of popular music in China and Taiwan, from imperialism to westernization and from modernization to globalization. The political ...

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