Popular Music: The rock era

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Simon Frith
Psychology Press, 2004 - Popular music - 430 pages
Popular music studies is a rapidly expanding field with changing emphases and agendas. The music industry has changed in recent years, as has governmental involvement in popular music schemes as part of the culture industry. The distinction between the major record labels and the outsider independents has become blurred over time. Popular music, as part of this umbrella of the culture industry, has been progressively globalized and globalizing. The tensions within popular music are now no longer between national cultural identity and popular music, but between the local and the global. This four volume collection examines the changing status of popular music against this background. Simon Frith examines the heritage of popular music, and how technology has changed not only the production but the reception of this brand of sound. The collection examines how the traditional genres of rock, pop and soul have broken down and what has replaced them, as well as showing how this proliferation of musical styles has also splintered the audience of popular music.
 

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Contents

art and commercialism in the record industry
7
culture and conflict
24
Flexibility postFordism and the music industry
42
A sweet lullaby for world music
62
the strange case of popular music
107
Rationalization and democratization in the new technologies
147
This is a sampling sport Digital sampling rap music
169
the case of music formats
193
Music and meaning in the commercials
253
Why 1955? Explaining the advent of Rock Music
273
race and sex in Whole Lotta
297
rock and roll and
311
heavy metal sounds and images of gender
343
Rock tastes on rock as symbolic capital A study
373
discourses that struggle to define a genre
393
Rock aesthetics and musics of the world
412

Form and female authorship in music video
208
A postscript for the nineties
228

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