Articles about Cultural Studies

Beyond Adorno: Post-Critical Teaching of Popular Music in the German Educational System and Its Theoretical and Practical Challenges
IASPM Journal (2015) Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 195-212

Over three decades the works of Frankfurt School member Theodor W. Adorno played an important role in the didactic conceptualization of popular music in Germany. This resulted in a predominantly analytical, ethic-centred and, in the end, pejorative agenda. Educationalists who ...

El discurso sobre la práctica de un guitarrista de jazz semi-profesional: Estudio de caso de aprendizaje musical constructivo
IASPM Journal (2015) Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 54-80

Abstract (Spanish) Esta investigación presenta un estudio de caso de un guitarrista de jazz, aprendiz semiprofesional con un enfoque constructivista del aprendizaje. Es un caso extraído de un Estudio de Caso Múltiple, y ha sido seleccionado por su relevancia y ...

Death Metal and Music Criticism: Analysis at the Limits
IASPM Journal (2015) Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 217-219

Book Review Michelle Phillipov, Death Metal and Music Criticism: Analysis at the Limits, Lexington Books, 2012.

Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 117-119

Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song Allan F. Moore Farnham and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2012

Sound System Performances and the Localization of Dancehall in Finland
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 42-55

This study examines how the particular performance practices associated with reggae music have contributed to the localization of dancehall culture in Finland. At the core of this culture lies the concept of the sound system, which, in addition to a ...

Female, Mosher, Transgressor: A 'Moshography' of Transgressive Practices within the Leeds Extreme Metal Scene
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 87-100

This paper examines and reconceptualises transgression in the Leeds extreme metal music subculture through theories of performance, embodiment and spectacle. The spectacle, for Debord (1967), is a social relation that is alienating and mediated by images, visuals, and technology. At ...

Topologies: The Popular Music Survey Course and the Posthumanities
Journal of Music History Pedagogy (2014) Vol. 5, No. 1

As part of a roundtable exploration of pedagogical practices in popular music survey courses, this essay considers the possibility of structuring a survey course in a topological rather than chronological fashion. Unlike chronology, which is linear and teleological, topology loops, ...

Jam sessions in Madrid’s blues scene: musical experience in hybrid performance models
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 73-86

Examining the differences between presentational and participatory music, this paper explores the importance of jam sessions as hybrid performance models and collective musical practices. As such, they display democratic and hierarchic devices that produce complex social and cultural settings, providing ...

Performing Austria: Protesting the Musical Nation
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 5-20

The Austrian national elections of 1999 and the subsequent government formation in 2000 sparked a wave of protests, both at home and abroad, due to the inclusion of the extreme-right, populist Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) into the coalition. This ...

Covering Performers, Discovering Femininities: US Hip-Hop Journalism and Female Artists
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 43-54

This paper examines female performative identities as portrayed in the hip-hop press. The research approach is based on discourse analysis of selected texts in US hip-hop magazines, as well as of qualitative interviews with their main editors. On this basis, ...