The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader: Histories and Debates

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The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader: Histories and Debates, Second Edition, traces the evolution of diverse streams of American popular music from the 1920s to the present. In this richly textured anthology, well-known scholar David Brackett brings together more than 100 readings from a wide range of sources and by writers who have played an integral part in the development of popular music criticism. Brackett includes articles from mainstream and specialized magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals, as well as interviews and autobiographies of musicians and other music industry insiders. Organized into broad time periods, the chapters are divided into sections by genre, and these sections are organized chronologically. The chapter divisions parallel those found most frequently in textbooks on popular music.
Representing a wide variety of time periods, styles, and genres–and including groundbreaking criticism on disco, hip-hop, rap, and techno–the selections introduce students to important social and cultural issues raised by the study of popular music. Topics covered include the role of race, class conflict, gender roles, regional differences in the reception of popular music, and the relative value of artistry versus commerce. Extensive editorial introductions and headnotes supply context for the selections, provide links between different eras and genres, clarify the issues raised by the documents, and explain their historical significance. The second edition of this captivating anthology features eleven new source readings and introductions, further reading and discography selections for each chapter, and a companion website containing student and instructor resources.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (November 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195365933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195365931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

Class book

 on August 29, 2013
Used for a history class and enjoyed reading the snippets written from historical documents. It was a good way to set myself in the time period and read more about things that might not otherwise be shared.

Hard to Beat

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 26, 2009
By Michael S. Minor PhD
This book does a shockingly good job of covering the whole 20th century in music. If there’s one gap that could be filled, I wish the author had added more of himself. Choosing to view his task as being more of an editor than an author, he provides a minimum of connective material, just enough to tie things together. Tell us more, David!

Five Stars

 on April 25, 2015
By Francisco Martinez
For my daughters class great book!

Great Book

 on January 3, 2013
By sheltie1231
Arrived early in time for my son’s second semester. The book looks in great shape and binding in good shape

book review

 on March 18, 2013
By Angelica Saldana
I really enjoyed reading this book for my music class it was in great condition . And I got it for a really great price

Great Shape

One person found this helpful.
 on June 15, 2010
By Mireya
Book in great shape, but never received a “shipped” confirmation and could not follow the delivery time.

A fine textbook.

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 27, 2012
By Marshall AC50 Stack
The Pop, Rock and Soul Reader provides excellent supplementary reading for my History of Rock Music classes. I find that the interviews and journalistic writings included are preferable to the traditional canned textbooks typically marketed for instructors, and allow more flexibility when designing a course.

You get what you pay for!

 on January 29, 2013
By Chris
Obviously you cant see what a used book actually looks like until it arrives but Oh Man, this one has seen better days. Everything’s there though! Arrived fast!

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