Analysing Popular Music

1st Edition

Image, Sound and Text

David Machin
eISBN-13: 9781446241349

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Popular music is far more than just songs we listen to; its meanings are also in album covers, lyrics, subcultures, voices and video soundscapes. Like language these elements can be used to communicate complex cultural ideas, values, concepts and identities.

Analysing Popular Music is a lively look at the semiotic resources found in the sounds, visuals and words that comprise the 'code book' of popular music. It explains exactly how popular music comes to mean so much. Packed with examples, exercises and a glossary, this book provides the reader with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their own analyses of songs, soundtracks, lyrics and album covers.

Written for students with no prior musical knowledge, Analysing Popular Music is the perfect toolkit for students in sociology, media and communication studies to analyse, understand - and celebrate - popular music.

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ISBNs 9781848600232, 9781446203378, 9781848600232, 9781848600225, 1848600232, 9781848600232, 9781848600225, 1446241343, 9781446241349
Language English
Number of Pages 240
Edition 1st