Understanding Popular Music
This book introduces the music's cultural background, how it was composed, the studio production techniques and the performance styles of the artists involved in order to enhance the listening experience. Hit songs have been unpicked to explain the different components that come together to form a pop song, to demonstrate the evolution of the various musical styles over the decades, and to inform your own music-making. iTunes, Spotify and YouTube playlists have been created to accompany the book, and original video is available on a companion website to illustrate the various techniques and musical elements discussed. Accessible and engaging, this book will be an invaluable resource for musicians writing their own songs, and will prove a fascinating analysis of the genre for students and teachers of music, performing arts, and music technology courses that include popular music.
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'This is the best overview of popular music styles that I have seen. I wish I could feed it to my A level music tech students intravenously. Each decade from the 1950s to the present is systematically unpicked in such a way as to give a feeling for the prevailing politics and fashion of the time, while giving just enough (but not too much) detail about all the musical styles you are likely to need to cover for GCSE, BTEC and A level music tech pop music options.' Jane Werry, Music Teacher Magazine