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Perfect Beat

Executive Editor
Mark Evans, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Shelley Brunt, RMIT University, Australia

Assistant Editor
Oli Wilson, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

Review Editor
Catherine Strong, RMIT University, Australia

Please send books for review to:
Catherine Strong
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, VIC, 3001

Perfect Beat first appeared in July 1992 and has been published by Equinox since 2009.

The journal's name derived from Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force's 12-inch, 1983 single Looking for the Perfect Beat. The journal's association with the popular cultural quest and mixed, eclectic references of the song are reflected in the articles that have appeared so far which have often concerned themselves with 'world beat' and/or 'world music' and the marketing of non-western musics in the western market and the analysis of local music production. As befits a journal originating in Australia, the journal remains focused on the popular music of the 'Pacific rim' and includes historical and contemporary studies with contributions invited from popular music studies, musicology, cultural studies and ethnomusicological perspectives.

A common theme in many of the articles published has been the development of new styles of popular music by indigenous peoples and their relationships (beneficial and/or problematic) with the technologies and institutions of the 20th Century media and music industries.The principal contribution of indigenous musicians and cultural activists to the journal has been through their collaboration as interviewees and/or co-authors of individual studies. The editors of the journal have endeavoured to maintain a continuing relationship with musicians, communities and cultural groups who have been the subject of study - distributing copies of the publication to interested individuals and bodies, and publishing research updates on previous material (often at the invitation/instigation of the subjects of the preceding research).

Indexing and Abstracting

H-Index: 1 (2015)  SJI: .111

Scopus Abstract and Citation Database
International Index to Music Periodicals
The Music Index
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
European Reference Index (ERIH Plus)


Publication January and July
ISSN: 1038-2909 (print) 
ISSN: 1836-0343 (online) 

Editorial Address

 Please send all queries to: Shelley Brunt, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, VIC, 3001, Australia.



17.2 (2016) [2017]

Oli Wilson

Watching them walk out taller than they walked in: Sydney's venues in 2106
Martin Cloonan
Melbourne popular music in the museum: locating the academy in the sonic city
Marcus Breen
Perth; Unreal City: Perth in the song lyrics of artists who do not live there
Jon Stratton
On Hillsong’s continued reign over the Australian contemporary congregational song genre
Daniel Thornton

Book Reviews- open access
Affective Intensities in Extreme Music Scenes: Cases from Australia and Japan
Reviewed by Dexter Lee Thomas
This Is The Sound of Irony – Music, Politics and Popular Culture
Reviewed by Melvin James Backstrom
When Music Migrates
Reviewed by Rachel Tollett
Joe Strummer
Reviewed by André Rottgeri
Roy Cape: A LIfe on the Calypso and Soca Bandstand
Reviewed by Richard Elliott
Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe
Reviewed by Felicity Clark
Song Interpretation in 21st-Century Pop Music
Reviewed by Donna Weston

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Please send books for review to:
Catherine Strong
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, VIC, 3001



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