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Author Middleton, Richard.

Title Studying popular music / Richard Middleton
Published Milton Keynes [England] ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1990


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  781.6409 Mid/Spm  AVAILABLE
Description vii, 328 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents 'Roll over Beethoven'? Sites and soundings on the music-historical map -- 'It's all over now'. Popular music and mass culture-Adorno's theory -- 'Over the rainbow'? Technology, politics and popular music in an era beyond mass culture -- 'Change gonna come'? Popular music and musicology -- 'I heard it through the grapevine'. Popular music in culture -- 'From me to you'. Popular music as message -- 'Lost in music'? Pleasure, value and ideology in popular music
Summary "In part one, drawing on a dialectical conception of musical development, genre and meaning, he outlines a 'historical map' of this field, offering on the way a constructive critique of existing musical histories, T.W. Adorno's [Theodor W. Adorno] pessimistic picture of music in twentieth century 'mass culture', and of the various theories of musical production and reproduction in contemporary capitalist societies. Part two turns to the analysis of popular music, looking in turn at approaches drawn from musicology, from folkloristics, anthropology and cultural studies, from structuralism and semiology, and from aesthetics, ideological analysis and psychoanalysis
A critical analysis of issues and approaches in a variety of areas, ranging from the political economy of popular music through its history and ethnography to its semiology, aesthetics and ideology. The book focuses on Anglo-American popular music of the last 200 years
Throughout the book the elusive character of 'popularity' itself is a constant theme, as it impinges on folk song and music hall, Tin Pan Alley and rock 'n' roll, punk rock and disco, and now 'roots'music. As Constant Lambert and Noel Coward between them observed, the 'appalling popularity' of music gives it an 'extraordinary potency'."--from back cover
Analysis Great Britain Educational institutions Curriculum subjects: Popular music Teaching
Notes Includes indexes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-312) and indexes
Subject Musicology.
Popular culture.
Popular music -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- Instruction and study.
LC no. 89034686
ISBN 0335152759 (paperback)