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Transforming a Demo

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

...When Pete Townshend began looking for a project to shape The Who’s musical direction in the years immediately following the phenomenal success of Tommy (1969), he set aside plans for a conventional album and focused, instead, on a large...

The Who's The Who Sell Out

John Dougan

John Dougan received a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary and is an associate professor in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2006

33 1/3 Books

...Released in the U.S. in January 1968, The Who Sell Out was, according to critic Dave Marsh, a complete backfire—the album sold well, but not spectacularly [and was] ultimately a nostalgic in-joke: Who but a pop intellectual could appreciate...

Flag of convenience? The Union Jack as a contested symbol of Englishness in popular music or a convenient marketing device?

Mad Dogs and Englishness : Popular Music and English Identities

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...I was interested in the visual impact of iconic post-war and patriotic images, and the irony (and audacious invitation of controversy) of adopting such symbols on clothing. Introduction When the Beatles posed in front of a huge Stars...

Horn (French Horn)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...The horn (French horn), like most brass instruments, has its heritage in Western art music. Descended from animal horns, conches and other lip-blown signaling devices, its circular shape and predominantly conical tubing eventually separated...

The Who

Artist Pages

...The Who is a British rock band that is one of the most prominent rock bands of the twentieth century. The Who established itself as part of the pop art culture as well as the mod subculture, and it has since inspired many other bands...