Bloomsbury Music and Sound offers cross-searchable access to the full text of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, all 120+ volumes of the 33 1/3 series, and an expanding range of scholarly books in music and sound studies. Read more about our collections, Bloomsbury Popular Music and Sound Studies.
No, titles available as part of Bloomsbury Popular Music are not available via any other online resources.
The resource offers unrivalled coverage of all genres of popular music from almost every country in the world. From volume 3 onwards, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World is organised by geographic region, with detailed articles on countries, regions, cities (covering key artists, locales, venues and institutions), and genres from each continent.
As the editors of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World explain in the Introduction to Volume 1, their primary understanding of ‘popular music’ relates to modern mass cultural forms, but this should not be taken to imply any restrictive definition of ‘popular’ as opposed to ‘folk’ music: ‘while the principal emphasis of the Encyclopedia is on the urban, the commodified and the mass disseminated rather than on the rural, the oral-aural and the restrictedly local, therefore, this emphasis is far from exclusive’.
The full history of popular music is covered: the main focus is from the early twentieth century to the present day, but many articles in the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World discuss earlier periods as part of the broader historical context.
Yes, new and revised content is added to Bloomsbury Popular Music twice a year. Updates will include additional volumes of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, updated articles, new books in the 33 1/3 series, new scholarly books, and titles in the new Global 33 1/3 series.
Bloomsbury Popular Music is an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers in a wide range of humanities and social science subjects including music, cultural studies, performing arts, media and communication, anthropology and sociology.
The Sound Studies collection provides wide-ranging, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary scholarly content. Subject areas covered include art, aesthetics, architecture, contemporary music, history, philosophy, technology, and cultural studies and the growing literature of sonic and auditory theory, methodology, and practice.
Comprehensive reference works include The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art, The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound, and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies.
Sound Studies is currently a closed collection.
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