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Routledge Studies in Popular Music


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This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections covering Popular Music. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, celebrity, fandom, tourism, fashion, and technology, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Reading Smile History, Myth and American Identity in Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks’ Long-Lost Album

Reading Smile: History, Myth and American Identity in Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks’ Long-Lost Album

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Dale Carter
June 18, 2021

First conceived in 1966 but only completed in 2004, Brian Wilson Presents Smile has been called "the best-known unreleased album in pop music history" and "an American Sergeant Pepper." Reading Smile offers a close analysis of the recording in its social, cultural and historical contexts. It ...

Radiohead and the Journey Beyond Genre Analysing Stylistic Debates and Transgressions

Radiohead and the Journey Beyond Genre: Analysing Stylistic Debates and Transgressions

1st Edition

By Julia Ehmann
October 23, 2019

Radiohead and the Journey Beyond Genre traces the uses and transgressions of genre in the music of Radiohead and studies the band’s varied reception in online and offline media. Radiohead’s work combines traditional rock sounds with a unique and experimental approach towards genre that sets the ...

Aging and Popular Music in Europe

Aging and Popular Music in Europe

1st Edition

By Abigail Gardner, Ros Jennings
August 22, 2019

Opening up the dialogue between popular music studies and aging studies, this book offers a major exploration of age and popular music across Europe. Using a variety of methods to illustrate how age within popular music is contingent and compelling, the volume explores how it provokes curation and ...

Metal, Rap, and Electro in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia A Fragile Underground

Metal, Rap, and Electro in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia: A Fragile Underground

1st Edition

By Stefano Barone
April 25, 2019

Metal, Rap, and Electro in Tunisia is a trip into the music scenes of Tunisia after the Arab Springs. Based on extensive field research, the book explores the social life of heavy metal, rap, and electronic music in a North African country whose mass revolution of 2010/2011 led the way to a ...

Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture

Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music: Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture

1st Edition

Edited By William I. Wolff
February 07, 2019

This interdisciplinary volume enters the scholarly conversation about Bruce Springsteen at the moment when he has reinforced his status of global superstar and achieved the status of social critic. Covering musical and cultural developments, chapters primarily consider work Springsteen has released...

Independent Music and Digital Technology in the Philippines

Independent Music and Digital Technology in the Philippines

1st Edition

By Monika E. Schoop
February 07, 2019

Since the turn of the century, the impact of digital technologies on the promotion, production and distribution of music in the Philippines has both enabled and necessitated an increase in independent musical practices. In the first in-depth investigation into the independent music scene in the ...

Hip-Hop Authenticity and the London Scene Living Out Authenticity in Popular Music

Hip-Hop Authenticity and the London Scene: Living Out Authenticity in Popular Music

1st Edition

By Laura Speers
February 04, 2019

This book explores the highly-valued, and often highly-charged, ideal of authenticity in hip-hop — what it is, why it is important, and how it affects the day-to-day life of rap artists. By analyzing the practices, identities, and struggles that shape the lives of rappers in the London scene, the ...

Rethinking Difference in Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music Theory and Politics of Ambiguity

Rethinking Difference in Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music: Theory and Politics of Ambiguity

1st Edition

Edited By Gavin Lee
February 05, 2018

In studies of gender and sexuality in popular music, the concept of difference is often a crucial analytic used to detect social agency; however, the alternative analytic of ambiguity has never been systematically examined. While difference from heterosexual norms is taken to be the multivalent ...

Queerness in Heavy Metal Music Metal Bent

Queerness in Heavy Metal Music: Metal Bent

1st Edition

By Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone
October 13, 2017

While the growing field of scholarship on heavy metal music and its subcultures has produced excellent work on the sounds, scenes, and histories of heavy metal around the world, few works have included a study of gender and sexuality. This cutting-edge volume focuses on queer fans, performers, and ...

Global Metal Music and Culture Current Directions in Metal Studies

Global Metal Music and Culture: Current Directions in Metal Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Andy R. Brown, Karl Spracklen, Keith Kahn-Harris, Niall Scott
June 30, 2017

This book defines the key ideas, scholarly debates, and research activities that have contributed to the formation of the international and interdisciplinary field of Metal Studies. Drawing on insights from a wide range of disciplines including popular music, cultural studies, sociology, ...

Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea Sounding Out K-Pop

Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop

1st Edition

By Michael Fuhr
June 07, 2017

This book offers an in-depth study of the globalization of contemporary South Korean idol pop music, or K-Pop, visiting K-Pop and its multiple intersections with political, economic, and cultural formations and transformations. It provides detailed insights into the transformative process in and ...

David Bowie Critical Perspectives

David Bowie: Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane, Martin Power
December 20, 2016

David Bowie: Critical Perspectives examines in detail the many layers of one of the most intriguing and influential icons in popular culture. This interdisciplinary book brings together established and emerging scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds, including musicology, sociology, art ...

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