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Analyzing Popular Music

Analyzing Popular Music
Allan F. Moore, ed.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003
MT146 .A54 2003

How do we "know" music? We perform it, we compose it, we sing it in the shower, we cook, we sleep, and dance to it. Eventually we think and even write about it. This book represents the culmination of such shared processes. Each of these essays, written by leading writers on popular music, is analytical in some sense, but none of them treats analysis as an end in itself. The book presents a wide range of genres (rock, dance, TV soundtracks, country, pop, soul, easy listening, hip hop, Turkish Arabesk) and deals with issues as broad as methodology, modernism, postmodernism, Marxism, and communication. It aims to encourage listeners to think more seriously about the "social" consequences of the music they spend time with and is the first collection of such essays to incorporate contextualization in this way.

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