Popular Music: The Key Concepts

4th Edition

Roy Shuker

Published March 29, 2017
Textbook - 366 Pages
ISBN 9781138680937 - CAT# Y265572
Series: Routledge Key Guides

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Now in an updated fourth edition, this popular A-Z student handbook provides a comprehensive survey of key ideas and concepts in popular music culture. With new and expanded entries on genres and subgenres, the text comprehensively examines the social and cultural aspects of popular music, taking into account the digital music revolution and changes in the way that music is manufactured, marketed and delivered. New and updated entries include:

  • Age and youth
  • Black music
  • Digital music culture
  • K-Pop
  • Mash-ups
  • Philadelphia Soul
  • Pub music
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Remix
  • Southern Soul
  • Streaming
  • Vinyl


With further reading and listening included throughout, Popular Music: The Key Concepts is an essential reference text for all students studying the social and cultural dimensions of popular music.


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