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Rock & Pop music

See below for a selection of the latest books from Rock & Pop music category. Presented with a red border are the Rock & Pop music books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Rock & Pop music books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Guitar Picks & Drumsticks A Rock & Roll Photographic Tour

Guitar Picks & Drumsticks A Rock & Roll Photographic Tour

Author: Steven Sanchez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Asian Pop Music in Cosmopolitan Europe K-Pop Fandom in the Age of Globalization

Asian Pop Music in Cosmopolitan Europe K-Pop Fandom in the Age of Globalization

Author: Haekyung Um Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

This book explores in detail how the extraordinary global success of Korean pop music - K-Pop - has been received in Europe. Focusing on the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria, it discusses the motivations and characteristics of K-Pop fans, examines the role of new media, cultural polices and global creative industries, and relates K-Pop fandom to the multicultural and cosmopolitan milieu of much of Europe. The book concludes by assessing how far K-Pop fandom is part of a new global popular youth culture.

AKB48

AKB48

Since its formation as a girl group in 2005, AKB48 has become a phenomenal success and institution in Japan. Having originally recruited fans with photocopied fliers and daily performances in the Akihabara area of Tokyo, AKB48 now saturates Japan. Its members--nearly 800 of them, including five sister groups and four so-called rival groups across Japan, as well as six sister groups in other Asian cities--appear in print, broadcast, online, and social media; in advertisements and on products; at home and on the train; on- and off-screen. AKB48's multi-platform omnipresence is characteristic of idols, whose intimate relationship to fans and appeals to them for support have made the group dominant on the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart in the 2010s; they hold several records, including most consecutive million-selling singles sold in Japan. A unique business model relentlessly monetizes fans' affections through meet-and-greet events and elections, which maximize CD sales, and their saturated presence in the media. At a time when affect is more important than ever in economic, political, and social theory, this book explores the intersection of idols and affect in contemporary Japan and beyond.

AKB48

AKB48

Author: Patrick W. (Duke University, USA) Galbraith, Jason G. (University of Tokyo, Japan) Karlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Since its formation as a girl group in 2005, AKB48 has become a phenomenal success and institution in Japan. Having originally recruited fans with photocopied fliers and daily performances in the Akihabara area of Tokyo, AKB48 now saturates Japan. Its members--nearly 800 of them, including five sister groups and four so-called rival groups across Japan, as well as six sister groups in other Asian cities--appear in print, broadcast, online, and social media; in advertisements and on products; at home and on the train; on- and off-screen. AKB48's multi-platform omnipresence is characteristic of idols, whose intimate relationship to fans and appeals to them for support have made the group dominant on the Oricon Yearly Singles Chart in the 2010s; they hold several records, including most consecutive million-selling singles sold in Japan. A unique business model relentlessly monetizes fans' affections through meet-and-greet events and elections, which maximize CD sales, and their saturated presence in the media. At a time when affect is more important than ever in economic, political, and social theory, this book explores the intersection of idols and affect in contemporary Japan and beyond.

Hawkwind On Track Every Album, Every Song

Hawkwind On Track Every Album, Every Song

Author: Duncan Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2019

Always enigmatic and outside of the mainstream, most people associate Hawkwind with 'whoosh' noises, `Silver Machine', Lemmy and the sometime recognition that they produce something called 'Space Rock' music. From the beginning, Hawkwind have been trailblazers, even when they have explored blind alleys and cul-de-sac's, and have been unafraid to innovate, and mutate strikingly different musical arenas. Hawkwind have a unique history in the world of rock music and have inspired not just other bands but also an entire sub-genre of music: Stoner Rock. Hawkwind's stated aim is to be a substitute for mind-expanding drugs; instead using music, poetry, lights, projections, theatre and dance in an assault on the senses. Albums such as In Search Of Space and Warrior at the Edge of Time as well as classic live album Space Ritual set a template for their astonishing take on rock music. With the band now celebrating over fifty years of existence, this book is a song-by-song analysis of every studio album and major live release to date. It is designed to be an illuminating companion to the extraordinary recorded works of a band no-one thought would achieve any longevity at all. From the highly regarded first five studio albums of the 1970's, through the hard rock hardships of the 1980's, the sometimes awkward musical dalliances of the 1990's and ending with the unexpectedly triumphant return of the band in the 2010's this book will cover every era and every line-up in detail.

Fairport Convention On Track Every Album, Every Song

Fairport Convention On Track Every Album, Every Song

Author: Kevan Furbank Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2019

Fairport Convention are a great British institution - or, at least, they should be. For more than 50 years they have helped to keep traditional music alive and kicking by injecting it with a healthy dose of electric rock 'n' roll. Their finest albums - including What We Did On Our Holidays, Liege And Lief, Full House - are landmarks is the development of British music and should be listened to by everyone before they die. In this exhaustive and illuminating book Kevan Furbank looks at all the studio albums in detail - from their uncertain debut in 1968 to their most recent release celebrating half a century of music-making. He chronicles the stories behind each recording, touching on the highs and lows, the successes and tragedies, the pleasure and pain, and examines the song writing, arrangements and traditions that inspired each track. In doing so, he also looks at the contributions made by the many great musicians who have passed through Fairport's `revolving-door' line-ups, including guitar wizard Richard Thompson, angel-voiced Sandy Denny, demon fiddler Dave Swarbrick and the `guv'nor' of British folk-rock, Ashley Hutchings. From Muswell Hill to Cropredy, Fairport Convention's musical story is as dramatic as any soap opera, with tragedies as low as they can go but with joys as high as they can reach. It's about talent, innovation and sheer dogged determination against all the odds. If you have never heard any Fairport this book is the perfect introduction. If you have, you will want to go back and revisit the music this band has made over the last 50 years. Because, in the words of Richard Thompson, it all comes round again.

Maybe I Should've Stayed In Bed The Flipside of the Rock'n'Roll Dream

Maybe I Should've Stayed In Bed The Flipside of the Rock'n'Roll Dream

Author: Deke Leonard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2019

A new edition of this much loved and remarkable book, first published in 2000 (ISBN 9781900711098) Deke, paralysed by pre-performance nerves on the day of his first gig, refused to get out of bed. He was dragged out, frog-marched to the venue and forced to perform. This proved to be the first reluctant step in a lifetime spent in pursuit of the rock'n'roll dream. He didn't regret a moment, but now and again, sitting in the freezing cold, broken-down van o some god-forsaken motorway at three o'clock in the morning, he sometimes asked himself - 'Maybe I should've stayed in bed?' A prequel to Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics this book charts the origins of the legendary Welsh band Man. It is the story of Welsh tearaways saved from a life of crime by the benign influence of rock'n'roll - they bought guitars and formed a band, Encounters with Gene Vincent and Johnny Kidd fuelled their ambition and off they went in search of the rock'n'roll dream. They found it in the murky coal towns of South Wales. They found it in the fleshpots of Hamburg. They found it in the car park of Sandown Racecourse. It wasn't quite like they'd imagined it but, as Deke said, 'it'll do until something better comes along.' The book will be an inspiration for those who wish to become rock'n'roll stars, but have no musical talent to speak of.

Elton John Rocket Man

Elton John Rocket Man

Author: Chris Roberts Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2019

Rock & Roll A Level

Rock & Roll A Level

Author: David Hepworth Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

The Rock and Roll A Level is here to rescue the pop quiz from the grip of bores who know the chart position of everything and the value of nothing. It's for the people who like pop music because it tells them so much about real life, the people who learned about America from the songs of Chuck Berry, about Europe from the albums of David Bowie and about all manner of things from the songs of Steely Dan. It's the first quiz book where the answers are as interesting as the questions. It's the first quiz book where general knowledge matters as much as an adolescence spent reading the NME or Smash Hits. It's a proper education.

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Video Analysis

Author: Lori A. (University of Ottowa, Canada) Burns Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Music videos promote popular artists in cultural forms that circulate widely across social media networks. With the advent of YouTube in 2005 and the proliferation of handheld technologies and social networking sites, the music video has become available to millions worldwide, and continues to serve as a fertile platform for the debate of issues and themes in popular culture. This volume of essays serves as a foundational handbook for the study and interpretation of the popular music video, with the specific aim of examining the industry contexts, cultural concepts, and aesthetic materials that videos rely upon in order to be both intelligible and meaningful. Easily accessible to viewers in everyday life, music videos offer profound cultural interventions and negotiations while traversing a range of media forms. From a variety of unique perspectives, the contributors to this volume undertake discussions that open up new avenues for exploring the creative changes and developments in music video production. With chapters that address music video authorship, distribution, cultural representations, mediations, aesthetics, and discourses, this study signals a major initiative to provide a deeper understanding of the intersecting and interdisciplinary approaches that are invoked in the analysis of this popular and influential musical form.

Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice The Official Journals, Objects, and Ephemera

Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice The Official Journals, Objects, and Ephemera

Author: Mary Guibert, David Browne Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2019

Pre order and become one of the first to read the official biography of late singer Jeff Buckley. Includes never before seen hand written journals and diaries. In 1994, an artist named Jeff Buckley released 'Grace', his debut album. Hailed immediately by the likes of Bono, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, as a singer, guitarist, and writer of a generation. Throughout his life, Buckley obsessively kept journals chronicling his goals, inspirations, aspirations, and creative struggles. His diaries amount to one of the most insightful life chronicles any musical artist has ever left behind. Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will mark the first-ever publication of Buckley's account of his journey through his handwritten diaries and lyrics. Combined with reproductions of other memorabilia, including letters, notes, and unpublished lyrics - the book will take readers deep inside Buckley's creative mind and personal life. For those who grew up listening to Jeff's music and for those who are just discovering it, Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will be an intimate portrait of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century in his own extremely vibrant words and never seen before lyrics.

Phoenix

Phoenix

Author: Thomas Mars, Deck d'Arcy Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2019

With one foot in the world of French touch house music that defined the late 1990s and the other in the world of post-punk pop that grew from Joy Division and New Wave, Phoenix have evolved from an edgy French band to one of the most influential indie acts of the last twenty years. Drawing on the band s own archives of snapshots and memorabilia and including original photography of everything from the band s instruments to the notebooks in which every lyric and chord change are carefully notated, the book is a visual celebration of spectacular performances and a superfan s chronicle of the evolution of a band from the studio to the stage. Published to coincide with a series of anniversaries for the band thirty years since their formation as teenagers in 1989; twenty since the release of their debut record in 1999; and ten since Grammy Award-winning Best Album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in 2009 and with original interviews conducted with the band throughout, this book is an intimate celebration of a group whose particular brand of pop has struck a chord on both sides of the Atlantic.