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  • How Britain Got the Blues: The Transmission and Reception of American Blues Style in the United Kingdomby Roberta Freund Schwartz

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    This book explores how, and why, the blues became a central component of English popular music in the 1960s. It is commonly known that many 'British invasion' rock bands were heavily influenced by Chicago and Delta blues styles. But how, exactly, did Britain get the blues? Blues records by African American artists were released in the United States... more...

  • Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproductionby Anne Danielsen

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Musical Rhythm in the Age of Digital Reproduction presents new insights into the study of musical rhythm through investigations of the micro-rhythmic design of groove-based music. The main purpose of the book is to investigate how technological mediation - in the age of digital music production tools - has influenced the design of rhythm at the micro... more...

  • Anyone Can Do It: Empowerment, Tradition and the Punk Undergroundby Pete Dale

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    For more than three decades, a punk underground has repeatedly insisted that 'anyone can do it'. This underground punk movement has evolved via several micro-traditions, each offering distinct and novel presentations of what punk is, isn't, or should be. Underlying all these punk micro-traditions is a politics of empowerment that claims to be anarchistic... more...

  • Michael Jackson and the Blackface Maskby Harriet J. Manning

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Blackface minstrelsy, the nineteenth-century performance practice in which ideas and images of blackness were constructed and theatricalized by and for whites, continues to permeate contemporary popular music and its audience. Harriet J. Manning argues that this legacy is nowhere more evident than with Michael Jackson in whom minstrelsy?s gestures... more...

  • Play it Again: Cover Songs in Popular Musicby George Plasketes

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Covering?the musical practice of one artist recording or performing another composer's song?has always been an attribute of popular music. In 2009, the internet database Second Hand Songs estimated that there are 40,000 songs with at least one cover version. Some of the more common variations of this "appropriationist" method of musical quotation include... more...

  • As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertisingby Bethany Klein

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 49.95

    The use of popular music in advertising represents one of the most pervasive mergers of cultural and commercial objectives in the modern age. Steady public response to popular music in television commercials, ranging from the celebratory to the outraged, highlights both unresolved tensions around such partnerships and the need to unpack the complex... more...

  • Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politicsby Benjamin Halligan; Michael Goddard

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 34.95

    This volume offers a comprehensive range of approaches to the work of Mark E. Smith and his band The Fall in relation to music, art and politics. Mark E. Smith remains one of the most divisive and idiosyncratic figures in popular music after a recording career with The Fall that spans thirty years. Although The Fall were originally associated with... more...

  • Making New Zealand's Pop Renaissanceby Michael Scott

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Since the early 2000s New Zealand has undergone a pop renaissance. Domestic artists' sales, airplay and concert attendance have all grown dramatically while new avenues for 'kiwi' pop exports emerged. Concurrent with these trends was a new collective sentiment that embraced and celebrated domestic musicians. In Making New Zealand's Pop Renaissance,... more...

  • Cultural Seeds: Essays on the Work of Nick Caveby Tanya Dalziell; Karen Welberry

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Nick Cave is now widely recognized as a songwriter, musician, novelist, screenwriter, curator, critic, actor and performer. From the band, The Boys Next Door (1976-1980), to the spoken-word recording, The Secret Life of the Love Song (1998), to the recently acclaimed screenplay of The Proposition (2005) and the Grinderman project (2008), Cave's career... more...

  • I Drum, Therefore I Amby Gareth Dylan Smith

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 99.95

    Despite their central role in many forms of music-making, drummers have been largely neglected in the scholarly literature on music and education. But kit drummers are increasingly difficult to ignore. While exponents of the drum kit are frequently mocked in popular culture, they are also widely acknowledged to be central to the musical success and... more...