Rhinegold Education: Understanding Popular Music By David Ventura


Publisher: Rhinegold Education
Author: David Ventura
Format: Books | Reference

Understanding Popular Music tells the story of pop from 1950 to today through a study of the key themes of style, performers, and instruments. Practical analysis of hit songs aids understanding of the numerous elements that characterise pop music styles.  An invaluable reference resource for students and teachers of any course that includes pop music, this accessible and engaging book will also interest anyone simply curious about what makes a good pop song work and how the genre has evolved over time. 

The book is accompanied by iTunes, Spotify and YouTube playlists to bring the analysis of the hit songs to life, and additional original audio on a companion website: www.hybridpublications.com - enter code TR398 to access the supplementary resources.

"The best overview of popular music styles that I have seen"
Jane Werry - Music Teacher, May 2012

ISBN: 9781780382494
Published on: 11 January 2012
No of pages: 148
Language: English
Catalogue No: RHG401

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        Musicroom Reviews

        My B Mus degree in the 1980s was almost completely geared towards classical music. That was very useful, at the time, but increasingly I need to be aware of pop, rock and other modern styles which my piano pupils are familiar with. This book comes with an accompanying web site with extra resources, as well as links to "youtube" and "spotify". Musical examples are in treble clef as well as TAB. Extremely well researched.
        Anonymous - (Chorley, United Kingdom)