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Sounding Out Pop

Analytical Essays in Popular Music
Mark Spicer and John Covach, editors

Brings together a diverse collection of voices to explore a broad spectrum of popular music


Description

The nine essays in Sounding Out Pop work together to map the myriad styles and genres of the pop-rock universe through detailed case studies that confront the music from a variety of engaging, thought-provoking perspectives—from historical to music-analytic, aesthetic to ethnographic, with several authors drawing liberally from ideas in other disciplines. The range of bands and artists covered is as vast and varied as the more than fifty-year history of pop and rock music, from the Coasters and Roy Orbison to Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Beck, Genesis, Tori Amos, and the Police. Together these diverse essays cover a broad spectrum of studies ideally suited for classroom use and for other readers interested in gaining a deeper knowledge of the way popular music works.

"A variety of approaches are brought to bear on fascinating repertoire, but with the underlying aim of better understanding some brilliant music. There’s nothing more exciting in music writing than something which entices you to listen to what’s familiar to you in a new way, and this collection brings such excitement in abundance."
—Allan Moore, author of Jethro Tull: Aqualung and Rock: The Primary Text

"These essays bring together a remarkable range of tools and perspectives to such diverse topics and contexts as the behind-the-scenes collaborations of composers, performers, arrangers, producers and engineers; pop culture; narratology; and race, politics and gender. The reader continuously benefits from a complementary lineup of sensitive ears that discover novelty in the familiar, exposing the heart of many rock and pop classics through imaginative and authoritative prose."
—Walter Everett, author of The Foundations of Rock and The Beatles as Musicians

Cover art credit: © iStockphoto.com/Aleksandar Dickov

Mark Spicer is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His writings have appeared in Contemporary Music Review, Gamut, Music Theory Online, twentieth-century music, and other scholarly journals and essay collections.

John Covach is Professor of Music at the University of Rochester and Professor of Theory at the Eastman School of Music. He is the author of the college textbook What's That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History and the coeditor of Understanding Rock, American Rock and the Classical Music Tradition, and Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Music.

Praise / Awards

  • "A variety of approaches are brought to bear on fascinating repertoire, but with the underlying aim of better understanding of some brilliant music. There's nothing more exciting in music writing than something entices you to listen to what’s familiar to you in a new way, and this collection brings such excitement in abundance."
    —Allan Moore, author of Jethro Tull: Aqualung and Rock: The Primary Text.

  • "These essays bring together a remarkable range of tools and perspectives to such diverse topics and contexts as the behind-the-scenes collaborations of composers, performers, arrangers, producers and engineers; pop culture; narratology; and race, politics and gender. The reader continuously benefits from a complementary lineup of sensitive ears that discover novelty in the familiar, deeply exposing the heart of many rock and pop classics through imaginative and authoritative prose."
    —Walter Everett, author of The Foundations of Rock and The Beatles as Musicians

  • "For this volume, Spicer and Covach assembled and impressive collection of scholars rooted in popular music studies...the volume does much to dispel the notion that popular-idiom stylisitc analysis is impossible...Spicer and Covach have made an enormous contribution to the literature with this exciting, substantial volume."
    Choice, K S Todd, Oklahoma Baptist University

  • "Musicologists, theorists, academics from non-musical disciplines, fans, and even undergraduate survey audiences will likely find the essays contained within both deeply interesting and of significant scholarly value." 
    —Brad Osborn, Rhodes College, Notes

  • "All these analyses allow us to display the objective elements that explain the originality or novelty of a work, while stopping short of affirming in an implicit manner its autonomy. The authors prove... that the 'old tools' are sometimes still quite handy for describing popular music, and that this musicological discourse is still both valid and fruitful."
    Popular Music

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 280pp.
  • 12 Figures, 2 Tables, 44 Examples.
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  • 2010
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Keywords

  • popular music analysis, rock music—appreciation and history, rock music harmony, rock music form, rock music composition, classic rock, oldies, Motown, Lieber and Stoller, Police, Sting, Radiohead, Genesis, Roger McGuinn, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Mr. Bungle, Beck, Roy Orbison, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Ani Difranco, Alanis Morissette

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