Pop Music and the Press

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Steve Jones
Temple University Press, 2002 - Music - 270 pages
Since the 1950s, writing about popular music has become a staple of popular culture.Rolling Stone,Vibe, andThe Sourceas well as music columns in major newspapers target consumers who take their music seriously. Rapidly proliferating fanzines, websites, and internet discussion groups enable virtually anyone to engage in popular music criticism. Until now, however, no one has tackled popular music criticism as a genre of journalism with a particular history and evolution.Pop Music and the Presslooks at the major publications and journalists who have shaped this criticism, influencing the public's ideas about the music's significance and quality. The contributors to the volume include academics and journalists; several wear both hats, and some are musicians as well. Their essays illuminate the complex relationships of the music industry, print media, critical practice, and rock culture. (And they repeatedly dispel the notion that being a journalist is the next best thing to being a rock star.) Author note:Steve Jonesis Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Among his books areCyberSociety: Computer-Mediated Communication and Community(editor) andRock Formation: Popular Music, Technology, and Mass Communication.
 

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Contents

Popular Music Media
1
Narratives
19
Turning Points in British Rock Criticism
41
A Brief Highly Opinionated History
65
The Political Economy of the Music
81
Transcendence
134
The Politics and History of HipHop Journalism
156
Pop Stars Poets and the Press
171
in Pop Journalism
202
Fragments of a Sociology of Rock Criticism
235
The Outro
247
About the Contributors
253
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Steve Jones is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Among his books are CyberSociety: Computer-Mediated Communication and Community (editor) and Rock Formation: Popular Music, Technology, and Mass Communication.Contributors: Jeff Chang, Martin Cloonan, Kevin Featherly, Mark Fenster, Simon Frith, Gestur Gudmundsson, Joli Jensen, Brenda Johnson-Grau, Holly Kruse, Ulf Lindberg, Timothy M. Matyjewicz, Sharon R. Mazzarella, Kembrew McLeod, Morten Michelsen, Chris Nelson, Robert B. Ray, Thomas Swiss, Hans Weisethaunet, and the editor.

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