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Media and Popular Music

Peter Mills

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This book analyses the relationships between contemporary media and popular music, both via the mediation of music, and music as mediator. It does so through a series of original interviews with key practitioners: musicians, writers, magazine editors, radio presenters and major and independent label bosses. Those interviewed include Mark Ellen, editor of Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and currently Word magazines; Mark Cooper, producer of Later…with Jools Holland and CEO of Music Entertainment at the BBC; Ben Watt, half of Everything But The Girl and owner of independent label Buzzin' Fly; and Fiona Talkington, original and current presenter of the Sony Award winning Late Junction on BBC Radio 3. Through these interviews, theory and practice are measured against each other and the book considers their experiences and observations in order to explore the ways popular music is produced, marketed and mediated.

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1. Introduction
2. Dancing about architecture? Mediating Popular Music Through The Written Word
i) Introduction
ii) Mark Ellen: editor, The Word
iii) Laura Barton: music writer, journalist, novelist
iv) Simon Broughton: editor, Songlines
v) Paul Williams: editor, Music Week
3. "Everybody's on Top Of The Pops" : Music on Television
i) Introduction
ii) Mark Cooper: Producer, Later... and Creative Head of Music Entertainment, BBC
4. Sold On Song? : Popular Music and Advertising
i) Introduction
ii) Jeremy Lascelles: CEO , Chrysalis Music and Media
5. "Who Listens To The Radio?" - Music and Public Service Radio
i) Introduction
ii) Fiona Talkington: presenter Late Junction BBC Radio 3
iii) James Addyman: presenter Down In The Grooves BBC Radio Leeds
6. State of Independence? The Life Of An Independent Record Label
i) Introduction
ii) Case Study I : Buzzin' Fly : Ben Watt
iii) Case Study II : Pure Records: The Rusby family
i) 'Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll' column by Laura Barton, The Guardian April 11th 2008
ii) Content analysis of issue of Music Week September 18th 2010
iii) Down In the Grooves playlist October 10th 2009
Discography and Links

About the Author

Peter Mills is Senior Lecturer in Media and Popular Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the author of Hymns To The Silence, a major study of the work of Van Morrison published by Continuum in 2010, alongside work on Samuel Beckett, Olaf Stapledon, Hungarian folk music, Pink Floyd and the KLF. He is currently preparing studies of the work of Kate Rusby, Jake Thackray and 'Popular Music and the Moving Image'. He was singer and lyricist for the band Innocents Abroad who made two albums, Quaker City and Eleven.

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