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Song Means


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Contents: Methodology; Shape; Form; Delivery; Style; Friction; Persona; Reference; Belonging; Syntheses; Questions; Bibliography; Indexes.

About the Author

Allan Moore is Professor of Popular Music at the University of Surrey. Author of seven monographs and edited collections, he is series editor for Ashgate's Library of Essays in Popular Music, has been on the editorial board of Popular Music since 2000, and was founding co-editor of twentieth-century music. He has published nearly 100 articles and reviews in the field.


A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012 'Moore's methodology is clear and easy to follow... [His] discussion of how listeners react to recordings is just as strong as his discussion of melodic modes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.' Choice 'Song Means is an astonishing achievement, and an exceptionally important book. Drawing on more than 20 years of his own writing on popular music, but synthesising and developing it in a quite remarkable way, Allan Moore accomplishes what seems almost impossible: a completely engaging, beautifully clear, authoritative, and undogmatic account of musical meaning across a huge range of pop songs. Written in direct, accessible and uncomplicated language, but tackling fundamental questions of musical meaning and the nature of musical materials, the book is rooted in Moore's own encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music set in a sophisticated conceptual framework. This is a landmark in the musicology of pop, and a book that will have a profound impact on how people think about, and understand, the most globally pervasive form of music of our times: the pop song.' Eric F. Clarke FBA, Heather Professor of Music, St Aldate's, University of Oxford, UK 'Song Means is firmly recommended for academic music libraries and any collections with an orientation toward popular music, theory, or analysis.' ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) '... for anyone interested in the academic analysis of a field of music that has profoundly influenced - some might say defined - whole generations, this book sets a benchmark that [...] will last for a long time.' Journal on the Art of Record Production '...Song Means is a worthy and important addition to the popular music scholarship canon.' Music Theory On-Line

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