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How do you analyze popular music?
Many scholars investigate the meaning of popular music by analyzing lyrics, examining race and society, and considering political climate. Popular music is often considered too simplistic for musical analysis. However, melody, harmony, rhythm, and structure in popular music reveal vital cultural information related to the creative process, and bring to light music's relationship to technology and commerce.
Key Works : Analysis
Song Means : Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song by Allan F. Moore presents a study of recorded popular song, from the recordings of the 1920s through to the present day. Analysis and interpretation are treated as separable but interdependent approaches to song. Analytical theory is revisited, covering conventional domains such as harmony, melody and rhythm, but does not privilege these at the expense of domains such as texture, the soundbox, vocal tone, and lyrics.
Call Number: Online Access
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Analyzing Popular Music by Contains essays on textual and musical analysis.
Call Number: MT 146 .A52 M66 2003
Publication Date: 2003-05-22
Reading Pop by This collection of essays, all previously published in the leading journal Popular Music, brings together key studies by many of the leading scholars studying pop music today. Together they add up to the first substantial anthology to focus on musical "texts."
Call Number: ML 3470 .R42 M52 2000
Publication Date: 2000-09-07
Expression in Pop-Rock Music by Politics and musical expression -- Style studies in progressive rock and jazz-rock fusion -- Frank Zappa's recompositions -- Rock music and linear analysis.
Call Number: ML 3534 .E96 2000
Publication Date: 1999-11-01