1st Edition

Global Pop
World Music, World Markets

ISBN 9780415918725
Published July 22, 1997 by Routledge
304 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Global Pop examines the rise of "world musics" and "world beat", and some of the musicians associated with these recent genres such as Peter Gabriel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Johnny Clegg. Drawing on a wide range of sources - academic, popular, cyber, interviews, and the music itself - Global Pop charts an accessible path through many of the issues and contradictions surrounding the contemporary movement of people and musics worldwide. Global Pop examines the range of discourses employed in and around world music, demonstrating how the central concept of authenticity is wielded by musicians, fans, and other listeners, and looks at some of these musics in detail, examining ways they are caught up in forms of domination and resistance. The book also explores how some cross-cultural collaborations may fashion new musics and identities through innovative combinations of sounds and styles.

Table of Contents

1. Popular Musics and Globalization  2. "Nothin' but the Same Old Story": Old Hegemonies, New Musics  3. Strategies of Resistance  4. A Music of One's Own  5. Strategic Inauthenticity  6. Anglo-Asian Self-Fashioning  7. Toward a More Perfect Union: Cross-Cultural Collaborations  8. Conclusions: We Are the World, and the World Is Us

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Timothy D. Taylor is Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University.


"...bound to become a key text in its field..." -- Popular Music
"...Timothy Taylor opens up many new perspectives...in this excellent study. ...this is a valuable addition to a growing literature." -- RPM
"Global Pob has much to offer readers interested in the evolution of the world-music market and raises important questions about ethnographic method." -- Notes
"Finally, an easily digestible yet academically sound tome that gathers up and explains this sprawling popular phenomenon called world music. Timothy D. Taylor. . . takes the right approach from the get-go." -- Dirty Linen Magazine
"[An] erudite exploration of the philosophies behind the fastest growing music market." -- Shift
"Tim Taylor's Global Pop presents detailed and dazzling original interpretations of popular music from the four corners of the globe." -- George Lipsitz, University of California, San Diego