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The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock

The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock

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Part of Cambridge Companions to Music

Paul Théberge, Simon Frith, Will Straw, Keir Keightley, Russel A. Potter, Jocelyne Guilbault, Richard Middleton, Sara Cohen, John Street, Barry Shank, Jan Fairley
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  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556606

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About the Authors
  • This companion presents a kaleidoscopic view of the world of pop and rock. Expert writers follow the rise of fifteen global stars from Elvis to Public Enemy, Nirvana to the Spice Girls. They chart the changing patterns in production and consumption, and they trace the way new technologies have changed the sounds and practices of pop. Alive to areas of current debate, they also focus on issues such as race and ethnicity, politics, gender and globalization. The anthology contains profiles of major figures from the pop and rock field. But at the heart of this companion is the music itself--rock, pop, black music, dance music, world music--its impact, its power and its pleasures.

    • Other books are guides or encyclopedias - this provides material for further discussion
    • Fifteen legendary stars and groups profiled
    • Written by specialists in the field representing a rich variety of national and disciplinary perspectives
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556606
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 168 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Introduction and chronology of pop and rock
    Part I. Context:
    1. 'Plugged in': technology and popular music Paul Théberge
    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

  • Editors

    Simon Frith, University of Stirling

    Will Straw, McGill University, Montréal

    John Street, University of East Anglia


    Paul Théberge, Simon Frith, Will Straw, Keir Keightley, Russel A. Potter, Jocelyne Guilbault, Richard Middleton, Sara Cohen, John Street, Barry Shank, Jan Fairley

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