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The Cambridge companion to pop and rock
Frith, Simon.
Publication Information:
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xvii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.

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ML3470 .C36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Table of Contents

Paul ThebergeSimon FrithWill StrawSimon FrithKeir KeightleyRussell A. PotterWill StrawJocelyne GuilbaultRichard MiddletonSara CohenJohn StreetBarry ShankJan Fairley
Notes on contributorsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction and chronology of pop and rockp. ix
Part I Context
1 'Plugged in': technology and popular musicp. 3
2 The popular music industryp. 26
3 Consumptionp. 53
Star profiles Ip. 74
Elvis Presley
The Beatles
Bob Dylan
Jimi Hendrix
The Rolling Stones
James Brown
Marvin Gaye
Part II Texts, genres, styles
4 Pop musicp. 93
5 Reconsidering rockp. 109
6 Soul into hip-hopp. 143
7 Dance musicp. 158
8 World musicp. 176
Star profiles IIp. 193
Bob Marley
David Bowie
Public Enemy
Derrick May
The Spice Girls
Part III Debates
9 Pop, rock and interpretationp. 213
10 Popular music, gender and sexualityp. 226
11 Rock, pop and politicsp. 243
12 From Rice to Ice: the face of race in rock and popp. 256
13 The 'local' and 'global' in popular musicp. 272
Referencesp. 290
Indexp. 300