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The Cambridge companion to pop and rock

The Cambridge companion to pop and rock

Street, John, 1952-; Frith, Simon; Straw, Will

This Companion maps the world of pop and rock, pinpointing the most significant moments in its history and presenting the key issues involved in understanding popular culture's most vital art form. Expert writers chart the changing patterns in the production and consumption of popular music, the emergence of a vast industry with a turnover of billions and the rise of global stars from Elvis to Public Enemy, Nirvana to the Spice Girls. They trace the way new technologies - from the amplifier to the internet - have changed the sounds and practices of pop and they analyse the way maverick entrepreneurs have given way to multimedia corporations. In particular they focus on the controversial issues concerning race and ethnicity, politics, gender and globalisation. Contains full profiles of a selection of figures from the pop and rock world

Book. English.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 2001

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Simon Frith, Will Straw and John Street
ISBN: 0521553695, 0521556600, 9780521553698, 9780521556606
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 290-299) and index.
Physical Description: xvi, 303p. : ports. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Popular music Analysis, appreciation.; Popular music History and criticism.


  1. Notes on contributors
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Introduction and chronology of pop and rock
  4. Part I. Context: 1. 'Plugged in': technology and popular music Paul Théberge
  5. 2. The popular music industry Simon Frith
  6. 3. Consumption Will Straw
  7. Star profiles I: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Marvin Gaye
  8. Part II. Texts, Genres, Styles: 4. Pop music Simon Frith
  9. 5. Reconsidering rock Keir Keightley
  10. 6. Soul into hip-hop Russell A. Potter
  11. 7. Dance music Will Straw
  12. 8. World music Jocelyne Guilbault
  13. Star profiles II: Bob Marley, David Bowie, Abba, Madonna, Nirvana, Public Enemy, Derrick May, The Spice Girls
  14. Part III. Debates: 9. Pop, rock and interpretation Richard Middleton
  15. 10. Popular music, gender and sexuality Sara Cohen
  16. 11. Rock, pop and politics John Street
  17. 12. From rice to ice: the face of race in rock and pop Barry Shank
  18. 13. The 'local' and 'global' in popular music Jan Fairley
  19. References
  20. Index.


'Whilst being of essential reading to the student of pop and rock it is also of interest to anyone who enjoys reading about the social history of our time.' Yorkshire Gazette||'This thought-provoking companion gives would be students a taster of what they might encounter on the several courses now available ... it is to the book's credit that it adopts an all-encompassing approach.' Music Teacher||'Suitable as an introductory-level undergraduate book and there is also sufficient novelty of approach within some of the chapters to interest graduates and researchers alike.' European Journal of Communication