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Update: IJ 4/2: Music Journalism

Special Issue Editors: Christoph Jacke, Martin James and Ed Montano


Articles on Music Journalism by Thomas Conner, Steve Jones, Jacopo Tomatis, Barbara Panuzzo, Josep Pedro, and Simon Morrison, in addition to research by David Cashman and Carlo Bianchi.

Posted: 2014-12-31

Update: Popular Music in Education

Special Issue Editors:
Dr. Rupert Till (IASPM IASPM UK & Ireland), Prof. Lucy Green (IASPM UK & Ireland) and Dr. Don Lebler (IASPM ANZ)

Publication expected in Spring 2015
Posted: 2014-12-31 More...

Open CFP: Research Work at IASPM

In addition to special issue sections, the journal maintains space for the publication of scholarly and research work by IASPM members. Click here for a copy of the Open CFP (in several languages) and Style Guide.  
Posted: 2013-04-02 More...

Call: Reviews of Books, DVDs or Scholarly Websites

IASPM@Journal reviews academic publications, research documentaries and online resources in the field of popular music studies. Inquiries: Editor[at]IASPMJournal.net  
Posted: 2012-03-02 More...
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Vol 4, No 2 (2014): Music Journalism

The area of music journalism is as varied as the music and scenes it represents, and we hope that this issue of IASPM Journal –– with contributions by Thomas Conner, Steve Jones, Jacopo Tomatis, Barbara Panuzzo, Josep Pedro and Simon Morrison –– will stimulate further research at the intersection of journalism and popular music studies.

In addition to the five articles on music journalism, this issue of the journal shows examples of the breadth of IASPM research, including a research article by David Cashman on the touristic musicscape of a cruise ship and an Italian-language contribution by Carlo Bianchi on Vladimir Vysotsky’s poetics in relation to Soviet society in Italy, plus five book reviews from the field of popular music studies.

Special Issue Editors:
Prof Christoph Jacke
Prof Martin James
Dr Ed Montano

Additional Editors
Dr Giacomo Bottà
Dr William Echard
Dr Carlo Nardi
Prof Hillegonda C Rietveld

Reviews Editor
Dr Penny Spirou

Assistant Editor
Dr Elina T. Hytönen-Ng


Table of Contents


Introduction PDF
Christoph Jacke, Martin James, Ed Montano 1-6

Music Journalism: Articles

Art to Commerce: The Trajectory of Popular Music Criticism PDF
Thomas Conner, Steve Jones 7-23
“This Is Our Music”: Italian Teen Pop Press and Genres in the 1960s PDF
Jacopo Tomatis 24-42
Covering Performers, Discovering Femininities: US Hip-Hop Journalism and Female Artists PDF
Barbara Panuzzo 43-54
Alternative Journalism in Madrid’s Blues Scene PDF
Josep Pedro 55-70
“Surely people who go clubbing don’t read”: Dispatches from the Dancefloor and Clubland in Print PDF
Simon Morrison 71-84

Articles: Open Section

Music and (Touristic) Meaning on Cruise Ships: The Musicscape of the MV Carnival Paradise as a Semiotic Tourism Product. PDF
David Cashman 85-102
Vladimir Vysotskij e le Sue Canzoni: Note Sulla Ricezione Italiana PDF
Carlo Bianchi 103-116


Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song PDF
Melissa Avdeeff 117-119
Music, Politics, and Violence PDF
Mark Stephen Carroll 120-122
Brian Wilson (Icons of Pop) PDF
Kathryn Rose Hill 123-125
The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume I: 1950-1967 PDF
Christopher Johnson 126-127
Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers, British Jazz 1960-1975 PDF
Katherine Ann Williams 128-130
Pop-Rock Music PDF
Brett David Wilson 131-132