An accessible introduction to the study of popular music, this book takes a schematic approach to a range of popular music genres, and examines them in terms of their antecedents, histories, visual aesthetics, and sociopolitical contexts. Within this interdisciplinary and genre-based focus, readers will gain insights into the relationships between popular music, cultural history, economics, politics, iconography, production techniques, technology, marketing, and musical structure.
Table of Contents
Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1 Soul: from gospel to groove -- 2 Funk: the breakbeat starts here -- 3 Psychedelia: in my mind’s eye -- 4 Progressive rock: breaking the blues’ lineage -- 5 Punk rock: artifice or authenticity? -- 6 Reggae: the aesthetic logic of a diasporan culture -- 7 Synthpop: into the digital age -- 8 Heavy metal: noise for the boys? -- 9 Rap: the word, rhythm and rhyme -- 10 Indie: the politics of production and distribution -- 11 Jungle: the breakbeat’s revenge -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index.
Stuart Borthwick and Ron Moy are both lecturers at Liverpool's John Moores University. For the past ten years, they have devoted themselves to the delivery of a range of undergraduate courses, and now run a degree program in Popular Music Studies.