Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 July 2019

624 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190843588

Bookseller Code (04)

The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader

Histories and Debates

Fourth Edition

David Brackett

  • Offers selections from virtually all of the writers now recognized as the most important to the development of popular music studies
  • Addresses important social and cultural issues raised by the study of popular music, including race, class conflict, gender roles, and regional or geographical differences and reception
  • Integrates first-person accounts and interviews, adding to the richness and diversity of the documents
  • Introduces aesthetic issues including the importance of art versus commerce, and how or why a particular style might or might not be considered music at all
  • Contains a wealth of readings covering a broad range of eras, styles, genres, and issues, including groundbreaking criticisms of disco, hip-hop, rap, and techno
  • Includes suggestions for further reading and discography selections at the end of each chapter
  • Edited by a well-known scholar in the field of popular music studies, whose introductions and headnotes offer contextual background for many elements of popular music history in America

New to this Edition:

  • A total of sixteen new selections from a variety of sources--including mainstream and specialized magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and more--exposes students to different styles of writing and analysis
  • New essays covering the impact of technology and mass media address topics like streaming audio, the interconnectedness of social media, and the legal battles over file-sharing
  • New articles on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Kim Gordon, Patti Smith, and "Riot Grrrls" will inspire class assignments and discussions of classic rock, punk, and 1990s feminist indie music
  • Critical overviews of the 1970s and 1980s by leading critics Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau provide students with essential recent historical context
  • New selections exploring today's rap, hip-hop, and contemporary pop scenes include discussions of the resurgence of political engagement in recent African American popular music (with features on Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar) and an account of the meteoric rise in popularity of EDM

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