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  • Singer-Songwriters and Musical Open Micsby Marcus Aldredge

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Singer-Songwriters and Musical Open Mics is an ethnographic exploration of New York City?s live music events where musicians signup and perform short sets. This sociological study dispels the common assumption that open mics are culturally monolithic and reserved for novice musicians. Open mics allow musicians at different locations within their musical... more...

  • ?Rock On?: Women, Ageing and Popular Musicby Abigail Gardner; Ros Jennings

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    For female pop stars, whose star bodies and star performances are undisputedly the objects of a sexualized external gaze, the process of ageing in public poses particular challenges. Taking a broadly feminist perspective, 'Rock On': women, ageing and popular music shifts popular music studies in a new direction. Focussing on British, American and Latina... more...

  • The Hallelujah Effectby Babette Babich

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 39.95

    This book studies the working efficacy of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah in the context of today's network culture. Especially as recorded on YouTube, k.d. lang's interpretation(s) of Cohen's Hallelujah, embody acoustically and visually/viscerally, what Nietzsche named the 'spirit of music'. Today, the working of music is magnified and transformed... more...

  • Adapting Idols: Authenticity, Identity and Performance in a Global Television Formatby Joost de Bruin; Koos Zwaan

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Since the first series of Pop Idol aired in the UK just over a decade ago, Idols television shows have been broadcast in more than forty countries all over the world. In all those countries the global Idols format has been adapted to local cultures and production contexts, resulting in a plethora of different versions, ranging from the Dutch Idols... more...

  • The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Musicologyby Derek B. Scott

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 185.00

    The research presented in this volume is very recent, and the general approach is that of rethinking popular musicology: its purpose, its aims, and its methods. Contributors to the volume were asked to write something original and, at the same time, to provide an instructive example of a particular way of working and thinking. The essays have been... more...

  • The Defence of Tradition in Brazilian Popular Musicby Sean Stroud

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Sean Stroud examines how and why Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) has come to have such a high status, and why the musical tradition (including MPB) within Brazil has been defended with such vigour for so long. He emphasizes the importance of musical nationalism as an underlying ideology to discussions about Brazilian popular music since the 1920s,... more...

  • Popular Music Censorship in Africaby Martin Cloonan; Michael Drewett

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    In Africa, tension between freedom of expression and censorship in many contexts remains as contentious, if not more so, than during the period of colonial rule which permeated the twentieth century. Over the last one hundred years popular musicians have not been free to sing about whatever they wish to, and in many countries they are still not free... more...

  • Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenonby Stan Hawkins; Sarah Niblock

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 49.95

    The career of the prolific pop artist Prince has become inextricably intertwined with the history of popular music since the late 1970s. This multi-instrumental icon, who remains one of the highest-grossing live performers in America, has been called a genius for his musicianship, composition and incredible performances. But Prince holds iconic status... more...

  • Protest Music in Franceby Barbara Lebrun

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Barbara Lebrun traces the evolution of 'protest' music in France since 1981, exploring the contradictions that emerge when artists who take their musical production and political commitment 'seriously', cross over to the mainstream, becoming profitable and consensual. Contestation is understood as a discourse shaped by the assumptions and practices... more...

  • Post-War French Popular Music: Cultural Identity and the Brel-Brassens-Ferré Mythby Adeline Cordier

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 109.95

    Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré are three emblematic figures of post-war French popular music who have been constantly associated with each other by the public and the media. They have been described as the epitome of chanson, and of 'Frenchness'. But there is more to the trio than a musical trinity: this new study examines the factors... more...