- Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
- Format: Hardback | 656 pages
- Dimensions: 187mm x 257mm x 45mm | 1,579g
- Publication date: 8 July 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0826463223
- ISBN 13: 9780826463227
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: bibliographies, discographies, filmographies, index
Popular music has been a major force in the world since the 19th century. With the advent of electronic and advanced technology it has become ubiquitous. This is the second volume in a series of encyclopedic works covering popular music of the world. It consists of some 460 entries by 130 contributors from around the world. Entries range between 250 and 5000 words and are arranged in four parts: performers and performing; musical production and transmission; musical instruments; and musical forms and practice. Entries include musical examples, bibliographies, discographies and filmographies.
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Professor John Shepherd, Carleton University, Ottawa David Horn, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool Dave Laing, University of Westminster, London Dr Paul Oliver, Oxford Brooks University, Oxford Professor Peter Wicke, Centre for Popular Music Research, The Humboldt University, Berlin
"These first two volumes (of a projected 12) portend great things for the set. Among the 250 contributors are most of the leading scholars, musicians, and journalists in popular music studies. Nearly 20 years in the making, the encyclopedia responds to a need for a comprehensive approach to popular music, one that would give due attention to non-Anglo-American musics. To that end, much thought was devoted to the taxonomy and layout of each volume. Rather than simply listing entries alphabetically, each volume presents broad topics in some detail, with indexes in each volume to bring subjects together. An important addition to the canon of popular music studies. Highly recommended."" -Choice"
Table of contents
Preface; List of contributors; List of abbreviation; Arrangement of the material - Part I: Performers and Performing: Groups: Individuals - Performance Techniques - Part II: Musical Production and Transmission: Personnel - Processes - Interpretative/ Technological - Technologies - Part III: Musical Instruments: Found Instruments - Guitars - Keyboard Instruments - Mechanical Instruments - Percussion Instruments - Stringed Instruments - Voice - Wind Instruments - Part IV: Musical Form and Practice: Form - Harmony - Melody - Rhythm - The Piece - Timbre - Words, Images and Movement