Understanding Popular Music
By Roy Shuker
Routledge – 1994 – 352 pages
Understanding Popular Music is an introductory textbook for students which explores the history and meaning of rock and popular music. Roy Shuker's study encompasses every aspect of popular music, from the history of the record industry to the concept of the `musician', from rock as cultural politics to MTV. Roy Shuker examines the music press; the impact of music videos; the workings of the industry, songs and genres; public performance; fans and subcultures, and the nature of the `pop star'.
* Case studies include contemporary icons such as Frank Zappa, Prince and Madonna
* Includes full bibliography and song listings Includes annotated guide to the key texts discussed
`Understanding Popular Music introduces students to both textual and industrial approaches to popular music in an accessible and well-organised account of the field and its major traditions of analysis. It is a welcome addition to the literature of rock and popular music studies, and I am sure it will serve as a most useful introduction to the field for large numbers of students.' - Graeme Turner, University of Queensland