America's Musical Pulse Popular Music in Twentieth-Century Society

ISBN-10: 0275943062
ISBN-13: 9780275943066
Edition: 1992
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Description: Popular music may be viewed as primary documents of society, and America's Musical Pulse documents the American experience as recorded in popular sound. Whether jazz, blues, swing, country, or rock, the music, the impulse behind it, and the reaction  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 9/30/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Popular music may be viewed as primary documents of society, and America's Musical Pulse documents the American experience as recorded in popular sound. Whether jazz, blues, swing, country, or rock, the music, the impulse behind it, and the reaction to it reveal the attitudes of an era or generation. Always a major preoccupation of students, music is often ignored by teaching professionals, who might profitably channel this interest to further understandings of American social history and such diverse fields as sociology, political science, literature, communications, and business as well as music. In this interdisciplinary collection, scholars, educators, and writers from a variety of fields and perspectives relate topics concerning twentieth-century popular music to issues of politics, class, economics, race, gender, and the social context. The focus throughout is to place music in societal perspective and encourage investigation of the complex issues behind the popular tunes, rhythms, and lyrics.

Preface
Introduction: The Importance of Music to People
Politics Popular Music as Politics and Protest
""Blues What I Am:"" Blues Consciousness and Social Protest
Proud to Be an American: Patriotism in Country Music
""Still Boy Meets Girl Stuff:"" Popular Music and War
Class Social and Geographic Characteristics of Country Music
The Music of the Dispossessed: The Rise of the Blues

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