Bloomsbury Popular Music offers cross-searchable access to the full text of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (10 volumes available at launch), all 120+ volumes of the 33 1/3 series, and an expanding range of scholarly books (20 available at launch). Read more about Bloomsbury Popular Music.
No, titles available as part of Bloomsbury Popular Music are not available via any other online resources.
The resource offers unrivalled coverage of all genres of popular music from almost every country in the world. From volume 3 onwards, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World is organised by geographic region, with detailed articles on countries, regions, cities (covering key artists, locales, venues and institutions), and genres from each continent.
As the editors of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World explain in the Introduction to Volume 1, their primary understanding of ‘popular music’ relates to modern mass cultural forms, but this should not be taken to imply any restrictive definition of ‘popular’ as opposed to ‘folk’ music: ‘while the principal emphasis of the Encyclopedia is on the urban, the commodified and the mass disseminated rather than on the rural, the oral-aural and the restrictedly local, therefore, this emphasis is far from exclusive’.
The full history of popular music is covered: the main focus is from the early twentieth century to the present day, but many articles in the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World discuss earlier periods as part of the broader historical context.
Yes, new and revised content will be added to Bloomsbury Popular Music twice a year at no extra charge. Updates will include additional volumes of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, updated articles, new books in the 33 1/3 series, new scholarly books, and titles in the new Global 33 1/3 series.
Bloomsbury Popular Music is an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers in a wide range of humanities and social science subjects including music, cultural studies, performing arts, media and communication, anthropology and sociology.
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