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The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock


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Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction and chronology of pop and rock; Part I. Context: 1. 'Plugged in': technology and popular music Paul Theberge; 2. The popular music industry Simon Frith; 3. Consumption Will Straw; Star profiles I: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Marvin Gaye; Part II. Texts, Genres, Styles: 4. Pop music Simon Frith; 5. Reconsidering rock Keir Keightley; 6. Soul into hip-hop Russell A. Potter; 7. Dance music Will Straw; 8. World music Jocelyne Guilbault; Star profiles II: Bob Marley, David Bowie, Abba, Madonna, Nirvana, Public Enemy, Derrick May, The Spice Girls; Part III. Debates: 9. Pop, rock and interpretation Richard Middleton; 10. Popular music, gender and sexuality Sara Cohen; 11. Rock, pop and politics John Street; 12. From rice to ice: the face of race in rock and pop Barry Shank; 13. The 'local' and 'global' in popular music Jan Fairley; References; Index.

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Maps the world of pop and rock: its history, its stars and its controversies.


'Whilst being of essential reading to the student of pop and rock it is also of interest to anyone who enjoys reading about the social history of our time.' Yorkshire Gazette 'This thought-provoking companion gives would be students a taster of what they might encounter on the several courses now available ... it is to the book's credit that it adopts an all-encompassing approach.' Music Teacher 'Suitable as an introductory-level undergraduate book and there is also sufficient novelty of approach within some of the chapters to interest graduates and researchers alike.' European Journal of Communication

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