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Hit-and-Miss Affair

Robert Toft

Robert Toft holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from King’s College, University of London and has taught at universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. He took the lead role in developing the Popular Music Studies program at The University of Western Ontario, where he is currently Professor of Music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hits and Misses : Crafting Top 40 Singles, 1963–1971

Continuum, 2011

Scholarly Books

...The art of crafting successful pop singles can be a hit-and-miss affair, as The Who’s first efforts to record “Behind Blue Eyes” aptly demonstrate, and for many people in the recording industry the most important component of a commercially...

From “Sectional Refrains” to Repeated Verses

Olivier Julien

Olivier Julien is a lecturer in the history and musicology of popular music at Paris-Sorbonne University, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Over and Over : Exploring Repetition in Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...In the following pages, I address the development of this particular formal type that is known as the “AABA form.” The expression is one of common usage, and it might be argued that there is a broad consensus on its origins amongst popular...

Brill Building Pop

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Brill Building pop is the collective name given to a variety of styles of popular song written and published in and around the Brill Building in New York City in the late 1950s and early to mid-1960s. Such songs combined elements of rock...