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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume VIII: Genres: North America

by David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and John Shepherd

John Shepherd is Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Chancellor’s Professor of Music and Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He was from 2007-2012 Carleton’s Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Dr. Shepherd has been a member of EPMOW’s editorial board since 1990. In 2000, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his role “as a leading architect of a post-War critical musicology.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Continuum International, 2012
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501329203
  • ISBN:
    978-1-5013-2920-3 (online)

    978-1-4411-6078-2 (hardback)

    978-1-4411-4874-2 (epdf)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music Volume 8 is one of six volumes within the ‘Genre' strand of the series. This volume discusses the genres of North America in relation to their 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. This volume features over 100 in-depth essays on genres ranging from Adult Contemporary to Alternative Rock, from Barbershop to Bebop, and from Disco to Emo.