Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2

Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2
Noel McLaughlin, University of Northumbria and Martin McLoone, University of Ulster
Foreword by Dave Laing
Irish Academic Press

This book explores Irish rock’s relationship to the wider world of international popular music through detailed analysis of the island’s most prominent artists and bands such as U2, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, The Boomtown Rats and Horslips – and key musical movements including the Beat Scene, the Folk Revival, Northern Irish Punk and Dance Music in Ireland. Continue reading

IASPM@Journal Vol 2/1&2

IASPM@Journal Vol 2/1&2
Published: 29 February, 2012
“State of the Nation: Review(s) of Popular Music Studies”
Special Issue Editor: Martha Tupinambá de Ulhôa

The second volume, State of the Nation: Review(s) of Popular Music Studies, specially edited by Martha Ulhôa during her Visiting Research Fellowship at King’s College, London, addresses the state of popular music studies in national and regional contexts, reflecting on the challenges in popular music studies. The contributions very much echo debates that took place at the South African IASPM 2011 conference, which was devoted to the “many ways of situating popular music in the light of IASPM celebrating its 30th year”. This issue, therefore, opens with an overview by Philip Tagg, co-founder of IASPM, kick-starting a critical argument that will hopefully inspire many of our member-readers to respond. Continue reading

Call for Nominations IASPM-Canada Book Prize

Call for nominations
IASPM-Canada Book Prize
Deadline for nominations: 1 April 2012

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada Branch (IASPM-Canada) requests your nominations for the most distinguished monograph in popular music studies, or with substantial content related to popular music studies, that has been written by a Canadian author, or published by a Canadian-based press, or that deals substantially with Canadian subject matter. Nominated books must have been published in 2011 . Continue reading

Rock, Pop and Culture Subjects for TEMPO Series

Call for authors
Rock, Pop and Culture Subjects for TEMPO Series

Scarecrow Press (United States) is accepting proposals for book-length studies in English on rock, popular music, and culture for a new book series called TEMPO.

“Drawing from the fields of culture studies, sociology, media studies, music history and literary studies, Tempo books will study an artist, genre or subgenre of rock or popular music as emerging in a cultural context and as developing in response to the surrounding forces of the times. Written for college-level audiences and general readers, Tempo books will present clear and engaging studies that assess an artist’s influence on the music industry and wider social contexts.”

For more information and proposal guidelines, visit: https://tempobooks.wordpress.com/

Tempo Series Editor: Scott Calhoun, tempo@scarecrowpress.com

Journal on the Art of Record Production – Relaunch‏

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of the Journal on the Art of Record Production website and issue 5 of JARP.  Aptly, the editorial, Change and Continuity: Transformations, Innovations and Tensions in the Art of Record Production, has been written by ARP 2010 conference hosts Robert Davis and Justin Morey of Leeds Metropolitan University. Continue reading

The Jazz Chameleon‏

The Refereed Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Jazz Conference August 19–20 2010, Helsinki, Finland
Edited by Janne Mäkelä

Since its arrival on the public scene in the early 20th century, jazz has been characterised by a remarkable ability to cross musical, social and cultural borderlines. In terms of musical style and character, jazz has often crossed genre categories and undergone radical changes. In terms of geographical and cultural boundaries, one of the most notable developments in jazz has been the internationalisation of its sound. Continue reading

New Book: ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’‏

Sean Campbell
‘Irish Blood, English Heart’: Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England
Cork University Press
November 2011 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781859184905

Second-generation Irish musicians have played a vital role in the history of popular music in England. This book explores the role of Irish ethnicity in the lives and work of these musicians, focusing on three high-profile projects: Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners, Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, and Morrissey/Marr and The Smiths. Continue reading

Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular music in Australia

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Sounds of then, sounds of now
Popular music in Australia

Edited by Shane Homan and Tony Mitchell
Hobart: ACYS Publishing, June 2008

In Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular music in Australia some of the country’s most respected popular music researchers, musicians and music journalists document a range of past and present Australian sounds and scenes.

The collection maps recent changes in music consumption, production and media technologies, and the implications for local industries. It reconciles local music histories with contemporary practice, and reflects upon the growth and current diversity of Australian research, music genres and contexts, including jazz, rock, folk, metal, electronica, dance music, experimental music and hip hop. Chapters examining Aboriginal, Islander and world musics offer new perspectives on local and transnational relationships between popular music, geography and culture in Australia.

This text provides a means for understanding how popular music has expressed, reflected and influenced changes in Australian society through debates about youth, nationalism, censorship, local identity, contested spaces and enduring mythologies about ‘Australianness’. While some chapters examine earlier scenes and musical forms, the emphasis is upon Australian popular music since World War 2. At the same time, every chapter is informed by global debates and themes, including popular music’s ongoing concerns with concepts such as nationalism, cultural imperialism, globalisation, authenticity, appropriation, the ‘mainstream’, subcultures, genres and the impact of new media and the internet.

The authors’ considerable experience in teaching and researching popular music studies has ensured a collection that is lively, accessible and well adapted to use in media, popular music, sociology, musicology and cultural studies courses. Each chapter contains a reference list, discography, a list of key web sites and discussion questions to assist students in linking chapter themes and issues to wider national and international debates.

At a time when Australian popular music is enjoying increasing international critical and commercial success, this wide-ranging new collection offers a critical revision of popular music’s place in Australian society.

For more information: www.acys.info/publications/acyspublishing/music

Cultural Politics 4 (1), March 2008

The latest issue of Cultural Politics has just been published:

The Voice of the People? Musicians as Political Actors
Seth Hague, John Street, and Heather Savigny on Bob Geldof, Live 8 and the legacies of Rock Against Racism

Making Space: Image-Events in an Extreme State
Johanna Drucker asks whether in our image-saturated culture works of imaginative art can have any impact?

Enjoying Neoliberalism
Jodi Dean on Slavoj Zizek, ideology, and the global formations of the neoliberal order

‘Wikivism’: From Communicative Capitalism to Organized Networks
Paul Stacey on the cultures of networked technologies, Wikis, and postrepresentative politics

Field Report
Can a Place Think? On Adam Sharr’s Heidegger’s Hut
Timothy Clark on Heidegger’s work hut at Todtnauberg, contemporary thought, and the ‘earth’

Book Review Essay
Academics Behaving Badly
Ian Gordon on intellectuals, their duties, and their engagements in Eric Lott’s The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual and Stefan Collini’s Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain

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Cultural Politics, Volume 4, Number 1, March 2008