Profiles in Popular Music

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  1. Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play
    Since the 1960s, British progressive rock band Jethro Tull has pushed the technical and compositional boundaries of rock music by infusing its musical output with traditions drawn from classical, folk, jazz, and world music. The... Learn More
    Published: 7th October 2013
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  2. Radiohead and the Resistant Concept Album
    How the British rock band Radiohead subverts the idea of the concept album in order to articulate themes of alienation and anti-capitalism is the focus of Marianne Tatom Letts’s analysis of Kid A and Amnesiac. These experimental... Learn More
    Published: 8th November 2010
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  3. Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class
    Canadian progressive rock band Rush was the voice of the suburban middle class. In this book, Chris McDonald assesses the band’s impact on popular music and its legacy for legions of fans. McDonald explores the ways in which... Learn More
    Published: 2nd November 2009
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  4. The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers
    The songs of country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers have been appropriated by dozens of musicians and radically transformed since he first recorded them nearly 90 years ago. His songs have often resurfaced at critical moments when... Learn More
    Published: 12th June 2009
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  5. Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity
    Throughout his career, Johnny Cash has been depicted—and has depicted himself—as a walking contradiction: social protestor and establishment patriot, drugged wildman and devout Christian crusader, rebel outlaw hillbilly thug... Learn More
    Published: 25th February 2009
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  6. The Megamusical
    A megamusical is an epic, dramatic show featuring recurring melodies in a sung-through score; huge, impressive sets; and grand ideas. These qualities are accompanied by intensive marketing campaigns, unprecedented international... Learn More
    Published: 16th November 2006
    Hardback | £34.00
  7. Choro
    Choro is a type of Brazilian popular music similar in background to the celebrated Cuban son of Buena Vista Social Club fame. Choro started in Rio de Janeiro as a fusion of African-based rhythms and structures with European instruments... Learn More
    Published: 1st August 2005
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  8. Five Percenter Rap
    Few books on popular music treat their subject so comprehensively, with thoughtful attention to ideology, history, and verbal and musical rhetoric. Miyakawa’s approach is at once comprehensive and streamlined, making for an... Learn More
    Published: 13th June 2005
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