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Popular Music in Theory
An Introduction
Keith Negus


1997 • 249 pp. 6 x 9"
Music / Cultural Studies

$21.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6310-1

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A lively contribution to the debates that are central to popular music studies.

Popular Music in Theory is an original introduction to the key theoretical issues which arise in the study of contemporary popular music. It is organized in a way that shows how popular music is created across a series of relationships that link together industry and audiences, producers and consumers. Starting from the dichotomy between production and consumption which characterizes much work on popular culture, Keith Negus explores the equally significant social processes that intervene between and across the production-consumption divide, and examines how popular music is mediated by technological, cultural, historical, geographical, and political factors. This broad framework provides signposts to various tracks taken by sounds and images, and also highlights distinctive theoretical routes into the study of contemporary popular music. Although intended mainly for students in sociology, media and communication studies, and cultural studies, the book will also give others a deeper understanding of popular music.

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"An excellent critical introduction to major theoretical issues and debates in the study of contemporary popular music, drawing on illustrative case studies that will be familiar to a wide readership. Clearly written and well argued, the book will be essential reading for students, researchers and teachers." —Sarah Cohen, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool


Winner of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Book Award (1998)

Keith Negus is Professor of Musicology, Goldsmith College, University of London.

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