American Popular Music From Minstrelsy to MP3

ISBN-10: 019530053X

ISBN-13: 9780195300536

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman

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In American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, Second Edition, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman examine popular music in the United States from its beginnings into the 21st century, offering a comprehensive look at the music, the cultural history of the times, and the connections between them. Using well-chosen examples, insightful commentaries, and an engaging writing style, this text traces the development of jazz, blues, country, rock, Motown, hip-hop, and other popular styles, highlighting the contributions of diverse groups to the creation of distinctly American styles. It combines an in-depth treatment of the music itself--including discussions of stylistic elements and analyses of musical examples--with solid coverage of the music's attendant historical, social, and cultural circumstances. The authors incorporate strong pedagogy including numerous boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and intriguing topics; coverage of early American popular music; and a rich illustration program. Detailed listening charts explain the most important elements of recordings discussed at length in the text. The charts are complemented by two in-text audio CDs and--new to this edition--an iMix published at iTunes, which makes most of the songs immediately available to students and instructors. Features of the Second Edition * Integrates full color throughout * Provides more coverage of women artists, with new material on women in rock 'n' roll in Chapter 8 and a box on Queen Latifah in Chapter 14 * Reorganizes the discussion of post-1970s music: disco is now included with mainstream 70s pop, while hip-hop is treated in two chapters (12 and 14) in order to emphasize its significance and diversity * Adds new material on the recent alternative country music explosion * Includes new developments in music technology in the thoroughly revised concluding chapter * Offers revised and more vivid visual elements, including more than 100 new photos (most in full color) and an illustrated timeline * Provides redesigned listening guides, enhanced by an iMix published at iTunes (accessible at * Supplemented by a Companion Website at (containing both student and instructor resources) and an Instructor's Manual and a Computerized Test Bank on CD * FREE with the purchase of this book: a 6-month subscription to Grove Music Online ( $180 value Remarkably accessible, American Popular Music, Second Edition, is ideal for courses in American Popular Music, the History of Popular Music, Popular Music in American Culture, and the History of Rock 'n' Roll. Its welcoming style and warm tone will captivate readers, encouraging them to become more critically aware listeners of popular music.
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List price: $79.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 530
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.046

Preface to the Second Edition
Themes and Streams of American Popular Music
Music and Identity
Music and Technology
The Music Business
Centers and Peripheries
Streams of Tradition: The Sources of Popular Music
"After the Ball": Popular Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
The Minstrel Show
An Early Pop Songwriter: Stephen Foster
Dance Music and Brass Bands
The Birth of Tin Pan Alley
The Ragtime Craze, 1896-1918
The Rise of the Phonograph
Catching as the Small-Pox": Social Dance and Jazz, 1917-1935
Technology and the Music Business
"Freak Dances": Turkey Trot and Tango
James Reese Europe and the Castles
The Jazz Craze
Jazz Becomes Popular Music: The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Dance Music in the "Jazz Age"
"The King of Jazz"
"I Got Rhythm": The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley Song
Tin Pan Alley Song Form
What Were Tin Pan Alley Songs About?
What Makes a Song a "Standard"?
"St. Louis Blues': Race Records and Hillbilly Music
Race Records
Classic Blues
The Country Blues
Charley Patton and "Tom Rushen Blues" (1929)
Blind Lemon Jefferson: The First Country Blues Star
Robert Johnson: Standing at the Crossroad
Early Country Music: Hillbilly Records
Pioneers of Country Music: The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers
Popular Music and the Creat Depression
"In the Mood": The Swing Era, 1935-1945
Swing Music and American Culture
Benny Goodman: The King of Swing
Big Band Blues: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller
Country Music in the Swing Era: Roy Acuff, Singing Cowboys, and Western Swing
"Choo Choo Ch'boogie": The Postwar Era, 1946-1954
Popular Music and Technology in the Postwar Era
Rise of the Big Singers
Urban Folk Music: The Weavers
Southern Music in the Postwar Era
Rhythm & Blues
Women in R&B: Ruth Brown and Big Mama Thornton
Country and Western Music
Hank Williams
"Rock Around the Clock": Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-1959
Cover Versions and Early Rock 'n' Roll
The Rock 'n' Roll Business
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the R&B Side
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the Country Side
Wild, Wild Young Women: The Lady Vanishes
Songwriters and Producers of Early Rock 'n' Roll
"Good Vibrations": American Pop and the British Invasion, 1960s
The Early 1960s: Dance Music and "Teenage Symphonies"
Berry Gordy and Motown
Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys
The Beatles, the British Invasion, and the American Response
"Blowin' in the Wind": Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock, 1960s
Patsy Cline and the Nashville Sound
Ray Charles and Soul Music
James Brown and Aretha Franklin
Urban Folk Music in the 1960s: Bob Dylan
The Counterculture and Psychedelic Rock
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
San Francisco Rock: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead
Guitar Heroes: Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton
The 1970s: Rock Music, Disco, and the Popular Mainstream
Country Music and the Pop Mainstream
Rock Comes of Age
"Night Fever": The Rise of Disco
Outsiders' Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Punk, Funk, and Rap, 1970s
The Outlaws: Progressive Country Music
"I Shot the Sheriff": The Rise of Reggae
"Psycho Killer": 1970s Punk and New Wave
"Tear the Roof Off the Sucker": Funk Music
"Rapper's Delight": The Origins of Hip-Hop
The 1980s: Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream
Digital Technology and Popular Music
A Tale of Three Albums
"Baby I'm a Star": Prince, Madonna, and the Production of Celebrity
"Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Business
Hip-Hop Breaks Out (1980s-1990s)
Techno: Dance Music in the Digital Age
Alternate Currents
Women's Voices: Alternative Folk, Hip-Hop, and Country
Globalization and the Rise of World Music
Music and Identity
Technology and the Music Business
Centers and Peripheries
CD TrackList
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