600 pp
PB 234 x 153 mm
£25 / $35
Music / Politics
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Mixing Pop and Politics

A Marxist History of Popular Music

Toby Manning

Mixing Pop and Politics is a provocative and entertaining mash-up of music and Marxist theory.

Beginning with the eruption of rock’n’roll into the conservative 50s and running to contemporary pop and neoliberal dominance, Mixing Pop and Politics documents how music channels and responds to each era’s political currents and events.

Covering everything from 1950s rock’n’roll through the Beatles, glam rock, disco, hip-hop and Britpop, all the way up to grime and contemporary pop, and influenced by writers like Mark Fisher, Dick Hebdige and Raymond Williams, Toby Manning shows how popular music has mirrored politics from the 1950s to the present.

TOBY MANNING is the author of The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (2006) and John le Carré and the Cold War (2018). His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, Sight and Sound, Arena, The Face, NME, Select, Q and The Word