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Don't Stop Me Now

by Vassos Alexander & Chris Evans

This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part fitness. Part simple childlike joy of running when you could be walking.


Men, Masculinity and the Beatles

by Martin King

Drawing on methodologies and approaches from media and cultural studies, sociology, social history and the study of popular music, this book outlines the development of the study of men and masculinities, and...

Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

by Harriet J. Manning

Blackface minstrelsy, the nineteenth-century performance practice in which ideas and images of blackness were constructed and theatricalized by and for whites, continues to permeate contemporary popular music...

Political Rock

by Kristine Weglarz & Mark Pedelty

Political Rock features luminary figures in rock music that have stood out not only for their performances, but also for their politics. The book opens with a comparative, cultural history of artists who have...

Popular Music and the Myths of Madness

by Nicola Spelman

Studies of opera, film, television, and literature have demonstrated how constructions of madness may be referenced in order to stigmatise but also liberate protagonists in ways that reinforce or challenge contemporaneous...

6 Keys to Success: How to Run a Band, Be Famous and Change the World

by Dan Van Casteele

Even though most people think that fame depends on luck, the best bands follow a completely different mindset and route by shaping their fate. Their rules are so common that anyone with enough success and experience...

Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance

by Jason Toynbee & Catherine Tackley

Black British musicians have been making jazz since around 1920 when the genre first arrived in Britain. This groundbreaking book reveals their hidden history and major contribution to the development of jazz...

Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945

by Jon Stratton & Nabeel Zuberi

Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945 provides the first broad scholarly discussion of this music since 1990. The book critically examines key moments in the history of black British popular music from 1940s...

Resounding Afro Asia: Interracial Music and the Politics of Collaboration

by Tamara Roberts

Cultural hybridity is a celebrated hallmark of U.S. American music and identity. Yet hybrid music is all too often marked -and marketed - under a single racial label. Resounding Afro Asia examines music projects...

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Yugoslav Rock Music and the Poetics of Social Critique

by Dalibor Mišina

From the late-1970s to the late-1980s rock music in Yugoslavia had an important social and political purpose of providing a popular cultural outlet for the unique forms of socio-cultural critique that engaged...

A Brief History of Rock, Off the Record

by Wayne Robins

The birth of rock 'n' roll signaled the blossoming of a new teenage culture, dividing generations and introducing a new attitude of rebellion and independence. From Chuck Berry to the Beatles, from punk rock...

Popular Music Matters: Essays in Honour of Simon Frith

by Lee Marshall & Dave Laing

Simon Frith has been one of the most important figures in the emergence and subsequent development of popular music studies. From his earliest academic publication, The Sociology of Rock (1978), through to his...

Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-off Riffs, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll

by Tim English

Sounds Like Teen Spirit provides hundreds of pairings of songs that appear to have "borrowed" their melodies from earlier songs.  Readers wil discover the music that influnced the songs of the Beatles, Led...

Adapting Idols: Authenticity, Identity and Performance in a Global Television Format

by Joost de Bruin & Koos Zwaan

Since the first series of Pop Idol aired in the UK just over a decade ago, Idols television shows have been broadcast in more than forty countries all over the world. In all those countries the global Idols...

Alanis Morissette

by Paul Cantin

Just two years ago Alanis Morissette was a former teen pop star, dismissed by some as a footnote in Canadian pop history. Then her album Jagged Little Pill sold over 13 million copies worldwide, and a new queen...

Death and the Rock Star

by Catherine Strong & Barbara Lebrun

The untimely deaths of Amy Winehouse (2011) and Whitney Houston (2012), and the ‘resurrection' of Tupac Shakur for a performance at the Coachella music festival in April 2012, have focused the media spotlight...

The Twenty-First-Century Legacy of the Beatles: Liverpool and Popular Music Heritage Tourism

by Michael Brocken

It has taken Liverpool almost half a century to come to terms with the musical, cultural and now economic legacy of the Beatles and popular music. At times the group was negatively associated with sex and drugs...

This is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and Popular Culture

by Katherine L. Turner

The use of irony in music is just beginning to be defined and critiqued, although it has been used, implied and decried by composers, performers, listeners and critics for centuries. Irony in popular music is...

Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslavia

by Uroš Cvoro

Turbo-folk music is the most controversial form of popular culture in the new states of former Yugoslavia. Theoretically ambitious and innovative, this book is a new account of popular music that has been at...

Song Interpretation in 21st-Century Pop Music

by Ralf von Appen & André|Moore, Allan F. Doehring

Existing books on the analysis of popular music focus on theory and methodology, and normally discuss parts of songs briefly as examples. The impression often given is that songs are being chosen simply to illuminate...