The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, over 20 years in the making, is a landmark reference work in its field. Each volume, authored by top contributors from around
the world, includes discussions on cultural, historical and geographic origins; technical musical characteristics; instrumentation
and use of voice; lyrics and language; typical features of performance and presentation; historical development and paths
and modes of dissemination; influence of technology, the music industry and political and economic circumstances; changing
stylistic features; notable and influential performers; and relationships to other genres and sub-genres.