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Reading Pop : Approaches to Textual Analysis in Popular Music - Richard Middleton

Reading Pop

Approaches to Textual Analysis in Popular Music

By: Richard Middleton (Editor)

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Published: 8th June 2000
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Why do we enjoy pop songs (or not)? Why do they mean so much to us? What do they mean? Is it the sounds, the rhythms, or the words? Is it the singing, the personae of the stars, or the messages and images that the songs conjure up?
Plenty of people have written about pop personalities, the music industry, or about their own tastes, but serious analysis of the songs themselves is still rare. This collection of essays, all previously published in the leading journal Popular Music, brings together key studies by many of the leading scholars studying pop music today. Together they add up to the first substantial anthology to focus on musical "texts." Collecting a wide range of approaches, and looking at songs by performers as varied as Irving Berlin, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Peter Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, David Bowie, James Brown, Randy Newman, and John Zorn, the book marks out a distinctive new territory characterized by the fusion of cultural studies and pop musicology.
Reading Pop will be required reading for all serious students and lovers of popular music.

`extensive introduction is particularly valuable ... the paperback price is worth it for the introduction, and the Bjornberg and Tagg essays, alone.' Allan More, British Journal of Music Education, Vol.18:1, 2001

Preface
Introduction: Locating the Popular Music Text
Analyzing the Music
Randy Newman's Americana
Prince: Harmonic Analysis of "Anna Stesia"
Analyzing Popular Music: Theory, Method, and Practice
Popular Music Analysis and Musicology: Bridging the Gap
James Brown's "Superbad" and the Double-Voiced Utterance
Maybellene: Meaning and the Listening Subject
Words and Music
His Name was in Lights: Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode"
Listening to Peter Gabriel's "I Have the Touch"
Three Tributaries to "The River"
Pity Peggy Sue
Modes of Representation
Progressive Rock and Psychedelic Coding in the Work of
The Hieroglyphics of Love: The Torch Singers and Interpretation
Genre, Performance, and Ideology in the Early Songs of Irving Berlin
"Everybody's Lonesome for Somebody": Age, the Body, and Experience in the Music of Hank Williams
Postcolonialism on the Make: The Music of
Structural Relationships of Music and Images in Music Video
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ISBN: 9780198166115
ISBN-10: 0198166117
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 8th June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.22  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.58