Choice Outstanding Academic Title in Reference and Humanities for 2019
From acid house to zydeco, and from Acapulco to Zanzibar, Bloomsbury Popular Music provides unrivalled scholarly coverage of modern popular music worldwide, covering the mid-20th century to the present day. It is an ideal resource for students and academics across disciplines including music, ethnomusicology, the performing arts, media and communication, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.
The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, over 20 years in the making, is a landmark reference work in its field, edited by John Shepherd, David Horn and Dave Laing. When complete, it will comprise 14 volumes, with ongoing updates to volumes already published. Contributions are authored by top scholars and experts from around the world, and include extensive discographies and bibliographies.
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Part One (2003, edited by John Shepherd, David Horn, Dave Laing, Paul Oliver and Peter Wicke) includes in-depth scholarly articles on topics such as social phenomena, the industry, broadcasting, copyright, publishing, record labels and recording studios, performance techniques, instruments and musical form.
Part Two: Locations (2005), edited by John Shepherd, David Horn and Dave Laing, gives systematic geographic coverage of every continent. Each volume discusses the history, development and current practice of popular music in cities, districts, cross-border regions, nation states and diasporic communities within each region:
Part Three: Genres contain entries on the genres of music that have been or currently are popular in countries and communities all over the world, with discussions of their cultural, historical and geographic origins, and formal musical characteristics. These volumes are organised by geographic regions, as follows:
“Some serious knowledge and passion has gone into these books … Both a fan and a newcomer could pick one up, learn something new and be thoroughly entertained.” — Japan Times
33 1/3 is a series of short books about popular music, focusing on individual albums by artists ranging from James Brown to Neutral Milk Hotel. Each album covered in the series occupies a specific place in music history, so each book-length treatment takes an individualized approach. 33 1/3 is widely acclaimed by fans, musicians, and scholars alike.
The Global 33 1/3 Series takes the 33 1/3 format of short, album-based books, and brings the focus to music throughout the world. With initial volumes focusing on Japanese and Brazilian music, the series will also include volumes on the popular music of Australia/Oceania, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and more.
Genre: A 33 1/3 Series guides the reader through musical sub-genres that have intrigued, perplexed, or provoked listeners. From vaporwave to death metal, trip-hop to dance punk, the series offers a host of new perspectives, song recommendations, little-known anecdotes, personal stories, and above all, ways of thinking about music.
Click here to see a full list of volumes., and listen to the new Spotify 33 1/3 Podcast for more discussion on the making of some of the incredible records included in this series
The Bloomsbury Popular Music Studies list consists of an expanding range of scholarly books ranging from edited volumes to biographies to historical overviews, and that span genres, including rock, pop, hip hop, and punk. Titles include DIY Music and the Politics of Social Media by Ellis Jones, James Braxton Peterson’s Hip Hop Headphones, Not for You: Pearl Jam and the Present Tense by Ronen Givony and Felipe Trotta’s Annoying Music in Everyday Life.
Scholarly monographs and reference covering popular music around the world include An Anthology of Australian Albums, Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music, Musical Bows of Southern Africa and Popular Music in Japan. To find out more about popular music in a particular continent or country, use the world map search tool.
The growing Bloomsbury Handbook series provide a comprehensive overview and wide-ranging analysis of the key subjects and approaches in popular music. With contributions from leading international researchers, they give students and scholars a broad, detailed, and instructive overview of current research in the field. Titles include The Bloomsbury Handbook of Music Production edited by Andrew Bourbon and Simon Zagorski-Thomas, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis edited by Lori A. Burns and Stan Hawkins, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music and Social Class edited by Ian Peddie and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rock Music Research edited by Allan Moore and Paul Carr.
Bloomsbury Popular Music also contains a wealth of exclusive and specially-commissioned research and learning tools are designed with teachers, students, and researchers in mind.
An interdisciplinary volume, drawing from sociology, geography, ethnomusicology, media, cultural, and communication studies, this book covers a wide-range of topics germane to the production and consumption of place in popular music.
This book traces the 15 years (1964-1979) leading up to Naná's Saudades, an album evoking his sonic memories of Brazil that he recorded while in Germany. It features berimbau, a one-stringed instrument that looks like a bow and arrow, alongside onomatopoetic vocals and the strings of the Radio Symphony Stuttgart.
Covering a range of industrial and national contexts, this collection assesses how music policy has become an important arm of government, and a contentious arena of global debate across areas of cultural trade, intellectual property, and mediacultural content.
Released in 2007, The National’s fourth full-length album is the one that saved them. For fans, Boxer is a profound personal meditation on the unmagnificent lives of adults, an elegant culmination of their sophisticated songwriting, and the first National album many fell in love with.
This collection provides a series of short, sharp chapters focusing on one-hit wonders from the 1950s to the present day, with a view toward understanding both the mechanics of success and the socio-musical contexts within which such songs became hits.
Niemen Enigmatic is the fourth album in the career of Czeslaw Niemen, arguably one of the greatest Polish musicians of all time. The book asks how significant was this album? How enduring is its popularity? Has the popularity and meanings changed over time?
Outlines how people make sense of their world through practicing and hearing maskanda music in South Africa. Having emerged in response to the experience of forced labour migration in the early 20th century, maskanda continues to straddle a wide range of cultural and musical universes.
More than 40 years after her death, the legend of Maria Callas, “La Divina Assoluta,” remains unsurpassed. Much has been written about her sensational opera career and fraught private life, from her definitive mastery of iconic opera roles to her love affairs and tantrums. The prototype for the 20th century celebrity diva, Callas emblematizes the cliche of tormented talent.
Convenes academics, composers, and performers to examine sonic identity from the 19th century to the present. Recognizing the myriad aspects of identity formation, the authors adopt methodological approaches that range from personal accounts and embodied expression to archival research and hermeneutic interpretation.
This book uses the 2006 compilation DJs do Guetto as a prism for exploring this music's aesthetics and its roots in Lusophone Africa, its evolution in the immigrant communities of Lisbon and its journey from there to the world.
This volume takes a close look at David Bowie’s ambitious last works: his surprise ‘comeback’ project The Next Day (2013), the off-Broadway musical Lazarus (2015) and the album that preceded the artist’s death in 2016 by two days, Blackstar.