'Performance and Popular Music is a welcome book in the growing tradition of performance and reception studies... The book's chronological organization, spanning 1964 to 1992, accessible language and clear layout will make the text useful for academics, students, and popular music enthusiasts alike... Its well-crafted pages bring alive the connection between performers and audiences and begin to illumine the impact these live events have had on pop music's tumultuous, media-drenched history... Performance and Popular Music is a needed addition to popular music performance studies.'
'... an excellent collection... this collection provides us with a valuable contribution to the study of rock performance. It holds together especially well as several essays, reflective of the overarching theme of the book, seem to build upon earlier ones in much the same way the performances under discussion built upon one another... Performance and Popular Music will find an audience among scholars, general rock music listeners, and students - it will function well as a text in a rock music class, especially given its somewhat extensive bibliography.'
Popular Music and Society
'... the book provides some provocative views on performance and ought to be included in academic library collections with an interest in popular music studies.' --Notes
Dr Ian Inglis is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Northumbria, UK.