New Books Network

Nick Prior, “Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society” (SAGE, 2018)
Nick Prior—Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Edinburgh—discusses his new book, Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society (SAGE Publications, 2018). The book explores the social, cultural and industrial contexts for the changes that have taken place in popular music since the widespread adoption of digital technology by creators,... Read More
Paul Harkins, “Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies” (Routledge, 2019)
How does technology shape music? In Digital Sampling: The Design and Use of Music Technologies (Routledge, 2019), Paul Harkins, a lecturer in music at Edinburgh Napier University, looks at the relationship between the rise of digital sampling, technology, and music. The book draws inspiration from Science and Technology Studies to explore... Read More
Forrest Stuart, “Ballad of the Bullet: Gangs, Drill Music, and the Power of Online Infamy” (Princeton UP, 2020)
How do young men use drill music and social media to gain power? In his new book, Ballad of the Bullet: Gangs, Drill Music, and the Power of Online Infamy (Princeton University Press, 2020), Forrest Stuart uses ethnographic and interview methods to explore the lived experiences of young men on... Read More
Lana Lesley, “Rude Mechs’ Lipstick Traces” (53rd State, 2019)
Rude Mechs’ Lipstick Traces (53rd State Press, 2019) is Lana Lesley’s graphic novelization of Lipstick Traces by Austin-based theatre collective Rude Mechs, itself an adaptation of Greil Marcus’ classic book Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century. The graphic novel vibrantly recreates the experience of watching Rude Mechs... Read More
Tyler Bickford, “Tween Pop: Children’s Music and Public Culture” (Duke UP, 2020)
In his new book, Tween Pop: Children’s Music and Public Culture (Duke University Press, 2020), Tyler Bickford explores how the tween music market rose during the mid to late 2000s. Bickford addresses the ways in which the music industry seized only childishness as a key element in legitimizing children’s participation... Read More
Peter La Chapelle, “I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Historians, musicologists, and sociologists have long studied the relationship between politics and music. Peter La Chapelle’s new book, I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music (University of Chicago Press, 2019) traces interactions between country music and politics beginning with two late nineteenth-century politicians who... Read More
Caspar Melville, “It’s a London Thing: How Rare Groove, Acid House and Jungle Remapped the City” (Manchester UP, 2019)
How does music help us to understand the contemporary city? In It’s a London Thing: How Rare Groove, Acid House and Jungle Remapped the City (Manchester UP, 2019), Caspar Melville, co-chair of the Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies at SOAS, University of London, explores three music scenes to... Read More
Jacki Apple, “Performance / Media / Art / Culture: Selected Essays 1983-2018” (Intellect Books, 2019)
Performance / Media / Art / Culture: Selected Essays 1983-2018 (Intellect Books, 2019) collects more than thirty years of critical writing by artist and writer Jacki Apple. These essays trace important developments in performance art both in the Los Angeles and New York scenes, discuss artists including Laurie Anderson, Spalding... Read More
Thor Magnusson, “Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
In Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), Thor Magnusson (@thormagnusson)–musician, Professor of Future Music, and member of the Experimental Music Technologies Lab at the University of Sussex—provides a sweeping overview of the tools and techniques of music-making both before and after the dawn of computing... Read More