Popular Music Since 1945
Distributed for Intellect Ltd
In film, television, and advertising, a few bars from a pop song can evoke a moment in time—a singular intersection of personal memory and public history—with unparalleled intensity. In the years after World War II, the recording industry ushered in a new version of popular music, supplanting the big bands and crooners that had dominated the airwaves and dance halls of previous decades. In its various forms—singles, albums, and compact discs—the sale of pop music on disc became a central feature of western life until the shift to the mp3 in the new millennium.
Pop Up uses the recorded song as a point of entry to a discussion of the interwoven musical, industrial, technological, and social histories of the twentieth century. It is a book about historical change that focuses on the music itself, exploring not only the musical significance of songs from “Tennessee Waltz” to “Hot in Herre” but also the cultural transformations that made them possible. A serious but accessible book, Pop Up offers an engaging analysis of an irresistibly appealing genre of music.
2. ‘Down Yonder’: The Rise of Independent Labels, 1945-1952
3. ‘Stranger in Paradise’: The Reorganisation of the Charts, 1952-1955
4. ‘The Great Pretender’: Pop Rebrands Itself Rock and Roll, 1955-1961
5. ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’: The Demise of Independent Labels, 1961-1964
6. ‘Ticket to Ride’: The British Invasion and Record Industry Expansion, 1964-1970
7. ‘Joy to the World’: Billion Dollar Business, 1971-1974
8. ‘The Hustle’: Blockbuster Albums and the Disco Boom, 1975-1980
9. ‘The Reflex’: Selling CDs on MTV, 1981-1985
10. ‘Addicted to Love’: Celebrity Culture, 1985-1989
11. ‘Cream’: The Big Six at Critical Mass, 1990-1995
12. ‘How Do U Want It’: Ripping & Burning Your Own Hits, 1996-2000
13. ‘Whenever Wherever’: The Mp3 Revolution, 2000-2007