Routledge Studies in Popular Music

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.

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

    Rethinking Difference in Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music

    Theory and Politics of Ambiguity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Gavin Lee

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-02-05
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Queerness in Heavy Metal Music: Metal Bent book cover

    Queerness in Heavy Metal Music

    Metal Bent, 1st Edition

    By Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-10-13
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

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

    Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music

    Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture, 1st Edition

    Edited by William I. Wolff

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-07-27
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Global Metal Music and Culture: Current Directions in Metal Studies book cover

    Global Metal Music and Culture

    Current Directions in Metal Studies, 1st Edition

    Edited by Andy R. Brown, Karl Spracklen, Keith Kahn-Harris, Niall Scott

    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,…

    Paperback – 2017-06-30
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

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

    Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea

    Sounding Out K-Pop, 1st Edition

    By Michael Fuhr

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-06-07
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Independent Music and Digital Technology in the Philippines book cover

    Independent Music and Digital Technology in the Philippines

    1st Edition

    By Monika E. Schoop

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-04-26
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

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

    Hip-Hop Authenticity and the London Scene

    Living Out Authenticity in Popular Music, 1st Edition

    By Laura Speers

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-02-23
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture book cover

    Lady Gaga and Popular Music

    Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture, 1st Edition

    Edited by Martin Iddon, Melanie L. Marshall

    This book is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary examination of the music and figure of Lady Gaga, combining approaches from scholars in cultural studies, art, fashion, and music. It represents one of the first scholarly volumes devoted to Lady Gaga, who has become, over a few short years, central…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • David Bowie: Critical Perspectives book cover

    David Bowie

    Critical Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane, Martin Power

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity book cover

    Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music

    Performance, Authority, Authenticity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jacqueline Warwick, Allison Adrian

    This interdisciplinary volume explores the girl’s voice and the construction of girlhood in contemporary popular music, visiting girls as musicians, activists, and performers through topics that range from female vocal development during adolescence to girls’ online media culture. While girls’…

    Hardback – 2016-06-15
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Global Glam and Popular Music: Style and Spectacle from the 1970s to the 2000s book cover

    Global Glam and Popular Music

    Style and Spectacle from the 1970s to the 2000s, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ian Chapman, Henry Johnson

    This book is the first to explore style and spectacle in glam popular music performance from the 1970s to the present day, and from an international perspective. Focus is given to a number of representative artists, bands, and movements, as well as national, regional, and cultural contexts from…

    Hardback – 2016-02-19
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Queerness in Pop Music: Aesthetics, Gender Norms, and Temporality book cover

    Queerness in Pop Music

    Aesthetics, Gender Norms, and Temporality, 1st Edition

    By Stan Hawkins

    This book investigates the phenomenon of queering in popular music and video, interpreting the music of numerous pop artists, styles, and idioms. The focus falls on artists, such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Boy George, Diana Ross, Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie, Azealia Banks, Zebra Katz, Freddie Mercury…

    Hardback – 2015-12-10
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture book cover

    Goth Music

    From Sound to Subculture, 1st Edition

    By Isabella van Elferen, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

     Is "goth music" a genre, and if so, how does it relate to the goth subculture? The music played at goth club nights and festivals encompasses a broad range of musical substyles, from gloomy Batcave reverberations to neo-medieval bagpipe drones and from the lush vocals of goth metal to the…

    Hardback – 2015-12-07
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Popular Music Industries and the State: Policy Notes book cover

    Popular Music Industries and the State

    Policy Notes, 1st Edition

    By Shane Homan, Martin Cloonan, Jennifer Cattermole

    This volume studies the relationships between government and the popular music industries, comparing three Anglophone nations: Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. At a time when issues of globalization and locality are seldom out of the news, musicians, fans, governments, and industries are forced…

    Hardback – 2015-10-07
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Popular Music Fandom: Identities, Roles and Practices book cover

    Popular Music Fandom

    Identities, Roles and Practices, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mark Duffett

    This book explores popular music fandom from a cultural studies perspective that incorporates popular music studies, audience research, and media fandom. The essays draw together recent work on fandom in popular music studies and begin a dialogue with the wider field of media fan research, raising…

    Paperback – 2015-07-16
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Sites of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places book cover

    Sites of Popular Music Heritage

    Memories, Histories, Places, 1st Edition

    Edited by Sara Cohen, Robert Knifton, Marion Leonard, Les Roberts

    This volume examines the location of memories and histories of popular music and its multiple pasts, exploring the different ‘places’ in which popular music can be situated, including the local physical site, the museum storeroom and exhibition space, and the digitized archive and display space…

    Hardback – 2014-09-17
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Britishness, Popular Music, and National Identity: The Making of Modern Britain book cover

    Britishness, Popular Music, and National Identity

    The Making of Modern Britain, 1st Edition

    By Irene Morra

    This book offers a major exploration of the social and cultural importance of popular music to contemporary celebrations of Britishness. Rather than providing a history of popular music or an itemization of indigenous musical qualities, it exposes the influential cultural and nationalist rhetoric…

    Hardback – 2013-10-02
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    Routledge Studies in Popular Music