Bachelor of Music: Musicology

Rethinking Difference in Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Music

The authors examine the ambiguities of performance and reception, and address the vexed question of whether it is possible for genuinely new forms of gender and sexuality to emerge musically.

Streaming Music

The backdrop to this enquiry is the digitization of society and culture, where the music industry has undergone profound disruptions, and where music streaming has altered listening modes and meanings of music in everyday life.

Understanding Popular Music Culture

Popular Music Culture provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the production, distribution, consumption and meaning of popular music, and the debates that surround popular culture and popular music. 

Comparing Notes : How We Make Sense of Music

Professor Adam Ockelford arrives at his own important psychologically grounded theory of how music works.

I Got Something to Say Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music

What do millennial rappers in the United States say in their music? This timely and compelling book answers this question by decoding the lyrics of over 700 songs from contemporary rap artists. 

Too Much Too Young

Too Much Too Young investigates how age and gender have shaped the careers and images of pop music stars, examining the role of youth and youthfulness in pop music through a series of themed case studies. 

A Boy Named Sue

This interdisciplinary collection of essays is the first book-length effort to examine how gender conventions, both masculine and feminine, have structured the creation and marketing of country music. 

The Cultural Study of Music

This book covers themes such as race, religion, geography, technology, and the politics of music.

Feminine Endings

A groundbreaking collection of essays in feminist music criticism, this book addresses problems of gender and sexuality in repertoires ranging from the early seventeenth century to rock and performance art.

Musical Gentrification

Musical Gentrification is an exploration of the role of popular music in processes of socio-cultural inclusion and exclusion in a variety of contexts.

A Supreme Love

William Edgar argues that the music of jazz cannot be properly understood apart from the Christian gospel, which like jazz moves from deep lament to inextinguishable joy. 

Dancing about Architecture Is a Reasonable Thing to Do

Richard Meltzer's assertion that writing about music should be a "parallel artistic effort" with music itself--and argues that music and the impulse to write about it is part of the eminently mysterious desire for meaning-making that makes us human.

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll

This book traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies.

Music in the Baroque World

This book offers an interdisciplinary study of the music of Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and first half of the eighteenth centuries.

The Origin of Musical Instruments

That the origins of music can be traced to the human body through gesture, dance and the movements in the use of musical instruments and their ancestor tools--remains pertinent in fields which have returned to informed speculative and empirical research on the origins of music.

The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music

The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music aims to be a probing introduction to the history of social protest music, ideal for popular music studies and history and sociology of music courses.

Women Drummers : A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country

Offering a comprehensive look at the world of professional drumming and the women who had the courage and chops to break the barriers of this all-too-male field.

Blues – Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking Deep About Feeling Low

A diverse range of thinkers and musicians offer illuminating essays that make important connections between the human condition and the Blues that will appeal to music lovers and philosophers alike.

Reds, Whites, and Blues: Social Movements, Folk Music, and Race in the United States

Music, and folk music in particular, is often embraced as a form of political expression, a vehicle for bridging or reinforcing social boundaries, and a valuable tool for movements reconfiguring the social landscape.

Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music

Nadine Hubbs looks at how class and gender identity play out in one of America's most culturally and politically charged forms of popular music. 

Soul, Country, and the USA

Soul music and country music propel American popular culture. Using ethnomusicological tools, Shonekan examines their socio-cultural influences and consequences.

The Politics of Punk : Protest and Revolt from the Streets

Punk rock has long been equated with the ever-shifting concepts of dissent, disruption, and counter-cultural activities.

Black Metal, Trauma, Subjectivity and Sound

This author weaves together trauma, black metal performance and disability into a story of both pain and freedom.

Example article (from the Library)

Liddle, C. (2018). Melbourne punks are at the forefront of protest. Eureka Street, 28(24), 15–17.


Example Article (from the web)

Lyons, S. (2019, November 22). Human songs are more universal than we might have thought. ABC News.