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Cultures of popular music
Bennett, Andy, 1963-
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Publication Information:
Buckingham [England] ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, [2001]

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xi, 194 pages ; 24 cm.
Post-war youth and rock 'n' roll -- Sixties rock, politics and the counter-culture -- Heavy metal -- Punk and punk rock -- Reggae and Rasta culture -- Rap music and hip hop culture -- Bhangra and contemporary Asian dance music -- Contemporary dance music and club cultures -- Youth and music-making -- Whose generation? youth, music and nostalgia.

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A comprehensive cultural, social and historical overview of post-war popular music genres, from rock 'n' roll and psychedelic pop, through punk and heavy metal, to rap, rave and techno. The author also examines the style-based youth cultures to which such genres have given rise. Drawing on key research in sociology, media studies and cultural studies, the book considers the cultural significance of respective post-war popular music genres for young audiences, with references to issues such as space and place, ethnicity, gender, creativity, education, and leisure. A key feature of the book is the departure from conventional Anglo-Americasn perspectives. In addition to British and US examples, the book refers to studies conducted in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Russia, and Hungary, presenting the cultural relationship between youth culture and popular music as a truly global phenomenon.

Author Notes

Andy Bennett is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey and previously worked with the Rockmobil project in Frankfurt.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forewordp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
1 Post-War Youth and Rock 'n' Rollp. 7
The development of the post-war youth marketp. 9
The cultural impact of rock 'n' rollp. 11
Rock 'n' roll in search of an idolp. 13
Rock 'n' roll as a 'global' musicp. 16
Post-war youth culture and the CCCSp. 18
Conclusionp. 22
Further readingp. 22
2 Sixties Rock, Politics and the Counter-Culturep. 24
The counter-culturep. 25
Music, drugs and the counter-culturep. 29
The anti-Vietnam war campaignp. 33
The Civil Rights Movementp. 34
Counter-cultural ideology and non-western youthp. 36
Conclusionp. 39
Further readingp. 40
3 Heavy Metalp. 42
The origins of heavy metalp. 43
Heavy metal and genderp. 48
Extreme metal, youth and postindustrial societyp. 51
Heavy metal, Satanism and teenage suicidep. 53
Conclusionp. 56
Further readingp. 57
4 Punk and Punk Rockp. 58
The origins of punkp. 59
Anarchy in the UKp. 61
The punk stylep. 62
Punk in a global contextp. 68
Conclusionp. 72
Further readingp. 73
5 Reggae and Rasta Culturep. 74
The origins of reggaep. 75
Reggae and Rastafarianismp. 76
Reggae in Britainp. 79
White British youth and reggaep. 82
Reggae and Australian Aboriginal youthp. 85
Conclusionp. 86
Further readingp. 87
6 Rap Music and Hip Hop Culturep. 88
The origins of rap and hip hopp. 89
Hip hop and the African diasporap. 92
Hip hop as a global resourcep. 93
Hip hop in western Europep. 94
Hip hop in Japan and Oceaniap. 100
Conclusionp. 102
Further readingp. 102
7 Bhangra and Contemporary Asian Dance Musicp. 104
The origins and development of bhangrap. 105
Bhangra beat and Asian youthp. 106
Post-bhangra Asian dance musicp. 108
New Asian youth identitiesp. 111
Conclusionp. 116
Further readingp. 116
8 Contemporary Dance Music and Club Culturesp. 118
The origins of contemporary dance musicp. 119
Dance music, technology and the role of the DJp. 120
A new moral panicp. 122
'Club cultures' and 'neo-tribes'p. 124
Dance music and new social movementsp. 130
Dance music and genderp. 132
Conclusionp. 134
Further readingp. 134
9 Youth and Music-Makingp. 136
Youth, music-making and rock 'n' rollp. 137
Becoming a bandp. 138
Music-making and identityp. 141
Women and music-makingp. 144
Music-making and educationp. 148
Conclusionp. 150
Further readingp. 151
10 Whose Generation? Youth, Music and Nostalgiap. 152
Whose generation?p. 153
A 'golden age' of youthp. 155
Generation Xp. 156
Conclusionp. 161
Further readingp. 162
Glossaryp. 163
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 188