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About Bloomsbury Popular Music

‘Bloomsbury Popular Music is the equivalent of the deluxe remastered reissue.’ - Notes (Journal of the Music Library Association) 

This invaluable digital library for global popular music brings together leading scholarship and interactive tools to hit the right note for research and learning. It is an ideal resource for students and academics across disciplines including music, ethnomusicology, the performing arts, media and communication, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.

Bloomsbury Popular Music is available to institutions by annual subscription or via perpetual access purchase. New and updated content is added twice a year, and 30-day free trials are available to institutions.

Content Highlights

Bloomsbury Popular Music offers access to a broad and expanding range of content:

  • Multiple volumes from the landmark reference work, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, with new volumes from top international contributors added regularly.
    • New in 2021: New and revised entries to volumes I and II, reflecting recent developments in the music industry and music production.
  • 170 volumes of the widely acclaimed 33 1/3 and 33 1/3 Global book series, providing in-depth analysis of influential albums across diverse musical eras, by artists ranging from Caetano Veloso to Public Enemy 
    • New in 2021: 9 recent titles from the 33 1/3 and 33 1/3 Global series, including artists such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pearl Jam, and Shonen Knife.
  • An expanding range of scholarly books from Bloomsbury’s popular music studies list, comprising edited volumes, biographies, and historical overviews 
    • New in 2021: 10 new titles from Bloomsbury’s popular music studies list, including Scary Monsters: Monstrosity, Masculinity and Popular Music, Sound Communities in the Asia Pacific, and A Women’s History of the Beatles.
  • An illustrated Timeline of Popular Music back to 1900, including dates of 33 1/3 series albums, plus an overview of contextual events in musical and political history, with links to relevant articles
  • An interactive World Map enables users to navigate to books and articles covering a particular country or region that is most relevant to their work
  • Artist pages including curated related content, and biographical information on hundreds of artists and musicians. The artist page biographies are written by André Diehl and Robrecht Herfkens, and will be added to the complete set of artist pages over the forthcoming content updates.

Benefits for Users