LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Popular culture

See below for a selection of the latest books from Popular culture category. Presented with a red border are the Popular culture 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 Popular culture books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Nothing but Wickedness The Decline of Our Culture

Nothing but Wickedness The Decline of Our Culture

Author: Theodore Dalrymple Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2020

Deindustrialisation and Popular Music Punk and 'Post-Punk' in Manchester, Dusseldorf, Torino and Tampere

Deindustrialisation and Popular Music Punk and 'Post-Punk' in Manchester, Dusseldorf, Torino and Tampere

Author: Giacomo Botta Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2020

The book is a comparative study of popular music cultures in 1980s Torino, Tampere, Manchester and Dusseldorf and their relation to the industrial city as imaginary, as heritage and as everyday reality. Popular music genres, such as hardcore punk, house, industrial, post-punk and heavy metal, share a common origin in 1980s decaying industrial cities. All these genres have been canonized and understood as scores for grey, gloomy, decaying urban industrial environments or for their evocation, but is there an organic relationship between de-industrialization and this kind of music production?

Retreat Wellness and the Counterculture

Retreat Wellness and the Counterculture

Author: Matthew Ingram Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2020

What have the hippies ever done for us? Matthew Ingram explores the relationship between the summer of love and wellness, medicine, and health. The counterculture of the Sixties and the Seventies is remembered chiefly for music, fashion, art, feminism, computing, black power, cultural revolt and the New Left. But arguably more important than all of these, both to its core identity and in terms of its ongoing significance and impact, is its relationship with health. In this popular and illuminating cultural history of the relationship between health and the counterculture, Matthew Ingram connects the dots between the beats, yoga, meditation, psychedelics, psychoanalysis, Eastern philosophy, sex, and veganism, showing how the hippies still have a lot to teach us about our wellbeing.

Annoying Music in Everyday Life

Annoying Music in Everyday Life

Author: Felipe (Associate Professor, Universidade Federal Fluinense, Brazil) Trotta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

Just as music has the power to inspire, it has the power to irritate and enrage. Why does certain music annoy us? Why does it force us to leave rooms, invade our personal space and affect us on a visceral level? Based on more than 70 interviews, this book discusses the everyday challenges of living together with unwanted music. It examines issues of taste, individual rights, private and public spaces, violence and the law. The interviews explore various relationships with forced listening and the behaviors that result. Interviewees talk about emotions and reactions to the nuisance caused by music, highlighting matters of otherness, individualism and rights. They discuss experiences with neighbors, at stores, on the street, while commuting and even in their homes - and reveal the complex social interactions mediated by music and sounds in our day-to-day lives.

Performing Jane A Cultural History of Jane Austen Fandom

Performing Jane A Cultural History of Jane Austen Fandom

Author: Sarah Glosson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Jane Austen has resonated with readers across generations like no other writer. More than two hundred years after the publication of her most celebrated novel, Pride and Prejudice, people around the world continue to honor dear Jane. In Performing Jane, Sarah Glosson explores this vibrant fandom, examining a long history of Austen fans engaging with her work, from wearing hand-A sewn bonnets and period-A appropriate corsets to creating spirited fanfiction and comical gifsets. Sophisticated and engaging, this study demonstrates that Austen fans of today have a great deal in common with those who loved the English novelist long before the term fan came into use. Performing Jane analyzes three ways fans engage with Austen and her work: collecting material related to the writer, whether in physical scrapbooks or on socialA -media platforms; creating and consuming imitative works, including fanfiction and modernized adaptations such as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries; and making pilgrimages to Steventon, Hampshire, Chawton Cottage, and even to annual meetings of Jane Austen societies. Key to Glosson's exploration of Austen fans is the notion that all of these activities, whether occurring in private or in public, are fundamentally performative. And in counterbalance to studies that center on fans with a tendency to transform and disrupt the original text, this study provides much-A needed understanding of a fandom that predominantly reaffirms Austen's works. Because Austen's writing has bridged the realms of both literary and popular culture, this fandom serves as an excellent case study to understand the ways in which we draw distinctions between fandom and other forms of intensive engagement and, more importantly, to appreciate how fluid those distinctions can be. Performing Jane embraces a holistic view of the long history of Austen fandom, relying on archival research, literary and visual analyses, and ethnographic study. This groundbreaking book not only demonstrates the ways in which fan practices, today and in the past, are performative, but also provides fresh perspectives into fandom and contributes to our understanding of the ways readers engage with literature.

Action Park

Action Park

Author: Andy Mulvihill, Jake Rossen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

The Office Antics and Adventures from Dunder Mifflin

The Office Antics and Adventures from Dunder Mifflin

Author: Christine Kopaczewski Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Fall in love all over again with the lovable and quirky staff of Dunder Mifflin. For nine seasons, The Office aired on NBC with consistently high ratings and was one of the most popular comedy series on TV. Today, everyone's favourite show continues to air on off-network syndication on Comedy Central, the Paramount Network, and Cozi TV, and streaming on Netflix, where it has picked up more fans of all ages along the way, including younger millennials. This fun mini book features memorable quotes and full-colour images from the show and plenty of wisdom, advice, and laughs from your favourite paper company.

Parks and Recreation On Waffles, Friends, and Work

Parks and Recreation On Waffles, Friends, and Work

Author: Christine Kopaczewski Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

For seven seasons, Parks and Recreation aired on NBC with high ratings. Today, the beloved show continues to air on off-network syndication on Comedy Central and streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, where it has become one of the most watched show and has picked up fans of all ages along the way, including younger millennials. This fun mini book features memorable quotes and full-colour images from the show and plenty of wisdom, advice, and laughs from your favourite small-town characters.

Mind Reading as a Cultural Practice

Mind Reading as a Cultural Practice

Author: Laurens Schlicht Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2020

This book provides a genealogical perspective on various forms of mind reading in different settings. We understand mind reading in a broad sense as the twentieth-century attempt to generate knowledge of what people held in their minds - with a focus on scientifically-based governmental practices. This volume considers the techniques of mind reading within a wider perspective of discussions about technological innovation within neuroscience, the juridical system, occult practices and discourses within the wider field of parapsychology and magical beliefs. The authors address the practice of, and discourses on, mind reading as they form part of the consolidation of modern governmental techniques. The collected contributions explore the question of how these techniques have been epistemically formed, institutionalized, practiced, discussed, and how they have been used to shape forms of subjectivities - collectively through human consciousness or individually through the criminal, deviant, or spiritual subject. The first part of this book focuses on the technologies and media of mind reading, while the second part addresses practices of mind reading as they have been used within the juridical sphere. The volume is of interest to a broad scholarly readership dealing with topics in interdisciplinary fields such as the history of science, history of knowledge, cultural studies, and techniques of subjectivization.

Pablo Escobar and Colombian Narcoculture

Pablo Escobar and Colombian Narcoculture

Author: Aldona Bialowas Pobutsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2020

In the years since his death in 1993, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has become a globally recognized symbol of crime, wealth, power, and masculinity. In this long-overdue exploration of Escobar's impact on popular culture, Aldona Bialowas Pobutsky shows how his legacy inspired the development of narcoculture--television, music, literature, and fashion representing the drug-trafficking lifestyle--in Colombia and around the world. Pobutsky looks at the ways the Escobar brand surfaces in bars, restaurants, and clothing lines; in Colombia's tourist industry; and in telenovelas, documentaries, and narco memoirs about his life, which in turn have generated popular interest in other drug traffickers such as Griselda Blanco and Miami's cocaine cowboys. Pobutsky illustrates how the Colombian state strives to erase his memory while Escobar's notoriety only continues to increase in popular culture through the transnational media. She argues that the image of Escobar is inextricably linked to Colombia's internal tensions in the areas of cocaine politics, gender relations, class divisions, and political corruption and that his brand perpetuates the country's reputation as a center of organized crime, to the dismay of the Colombian people. This book is a fascinating study of how the world perceives Colombia and how Colombia's citizens understand their nation's past and present. A volume in the series Reframing Media, Technology, and Culture in Latin/o America, edited by Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste and Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Hip-Hop and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Hip-Hop and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Author: Daniel White Hodge Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2020

Hip-Hop and Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline was created for K-12 students in hopes that they find tangible strategies for creating affirming communities where students, parents, advocates and other stakeholders collaborate to compose useful frameworks that effectively define the school-to-prison pipeline and identify the nefarious ways it adversely affects their lives. This book is for educators who we hope will join us in challenging the predominant preconceived notion held by many educators that Hip-Hop has no redeemable value. Lastly, the authors/editors argue against the understanding of Hip-Hop studies as primarily an academic endeavor situated solely in the academy. We understand the fact that people on streets, blocks, avenues, have been living and theorizing about Hip-Hop since its inception. This book is an honest, thorough, and robust examination of the ingenious and inventive ways people who have an allegiance to Hip-Hop work tirelessly, in various capacities, to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.