The Basic Knowledge of Popular Music is a teaching textbook for the popular music education. Besides discussing the basic knowledge of popular music of western countries, the focus of the book is to construct the basic knowledge system of the Chinese popular music and to link the Chinese traditional “folk” music culture with the Chinese contemporary popular music culture. The book includes two parts. The foreign part contains the basic knowledge, key figures and their representative works, and classical musicals. The Chinese part contains the basic knowledge, key figures and their representative works, contemporary and modern popular music works, and the Chinese musical works.