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Analysing Popular Music
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© 2010 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 analyze, understand,and celebrate, popular music.

 

 
Introduction
 
Discourses of Popular Music
 
Album Iconography: Postures, Objects, Settings
 
Visual Composition: Typeface and Colour
 
Analyzing Lyrics: Values, Participants, Agency
 
Semiotic Resources in Sound: Pitch, Melody and Phrasing
 
Sound Qualities: Arrangement and Rhythm
 
Analyzing Genre: The Sounds of Britpop
 
Analyzing Music in Film
 
Analyzing Music in Video and Television
 
Conclusion

A definitive guide to issues of textual analysis, representation and semiotics in popular music. Informed, instructive and refreshingly accessible; it boasts a host of original examples, exercises and invaluable resources
Bill Osgerby
London Metropolitan University


David Machin has the gift of explaining complex ideas in clear and direct language that will engage students and enrich their experience of music
Theo Van Leeuwen
University of Technology Sydney


A comprehensive and innovative addition to the literature on the analysis of popular music. Scholars and students will find this an essential reference text for future work
Brian Longhurst
University of Salford


David Machin's book will be invaluable for anyone who wants to systematically analyse the way that popular music is meaningful in the media. He provides clear, accurate, explanations of the ideas of other writers, and sets out helpful approaches to analysing popular music as a modern form of visual and sound communication. The book will now be on my recommended reading lists for both undergraduate and postgraduate students
Tim Wall
Birmingham City University


In this innovative and invaluable book, David Machin has attempted to address the areas of representation, textual analysis and semiotics in popular music. He presents complex ideas in a way that will be useful to students of media, culture and communications and to any scholars with an interest in why music is made meaningful but with no background in musicology... I would strongly recommend this book for any music and media students, and for anyone with an interest in developing a deeper understanding of popular music
Martin James, Southampton Solent University
THE Textbook Guide


Equipped with theories, specific examples, detailed analysis and a useful and concise glossary, Machin's Analysing Popular Music is a useful, practical and manageable toolkit for students with no prior musical knowledge who are interested in multimodal discourse, and for students in sociology, media and communication studies to analyse and appreciate popular music.

Haicui Zheng
College of Foreign Languages, Inner Mongolia University

Very good, well written, clear and as close to 'relevant' as any printed book can be nowadays!

Mr Alex Germains
Popular Music Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
June 27, 2014

I found this book an excellent stimulus for the cross-curricular teaching of popular music. The analysis of the artwork on album covers connected popular music to art, advertising, literacy and different cultures. The analysis of the music itself was clear and accessible, particularly to those who may not have a background in musical theory.

Gillian Jack
Education, University of Aberdeen
April 21, 2014

This book will definitely be added to the bibliography of the module.

Dr Magali Peyrefitte
Departmemnt of sociology and criminology, Middlesex Univ.
April 2, 2014

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Introduction

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Glossary

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