The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock

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Simon Frith, Will Straw, John Street
Cambridge University Press, Aug 16, 2001 - Music - 303 pages
This Companion maps the world of pop and rock, pinpointing the most significant moments in its history and presenting the key issues involved in understanding popular culture's most vital art form. Expert writers chart the changing patterns in the production and consumption of popular music, the emergence of a vast industry with a turnover of billions and the rise of global stars from Elvis to Public Enemy, Nirvana to the Spice Girls. They trace the way new technologies - from the amplifier to the internet - have changed the sounds and practices of pop and they analyse the way maverick entrepreneurs have given way to multimedia corporations. In particular they focus on the controversial issues concerning race and ethnicity, politics, gender and globalisation. Contains full profiles of a selection of figures from the pop and rock world.
 

Contents

Plugged in technology and popular music
3
The popular music industry
26
Consumption
53
Elvis Presley The Beatles Bob Dylan Jimi Hendrix The Rolling Stones James Brown Marvin Gaye
74
Texts genres styles
91
Pop music
93
Reconsidering rock
109
Soul into hiphop
143
Bob Marley David Bowie Abba Madonna Nirvana Public Enemy Derrick May The Spice Girls
193
Debates
211
Pop rock and interpretation
213
Popular music gender and sexuality
226
Rock pop and politics
243
From Rice to Ice the face of race in rock and pop
256
The local and global in popular music
272
References
290

Dance music
158
World music
176

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