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Story Behind the Song 150 Songs That Chronicle the 20th Century

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ISBN-10: 0313319766

ISBN-13: 9780313319761

Edition: 2004

Authors: Richard D. Barnet, Bruce Nemerov, Mayo R. Taylor

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Songwriters often use lyrics to describe the current events and social attitudes of a particular period or people. An examination of America's popular songs--and the stories behind their creation--can help us better understand our history and culture. This chronologically organized volume provides the stories of 150 songs in 20th-century American history. Each chapter begins with an historical overview of how songs from the period reflected the political, social, and economic culture of the decade. A discussion of 15 influential songs from each decade provides the songs' histories, what inspired the writers to create them, and why they have resonated over time. Included are patriotic songs,…    
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Book details

List price: $83.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 1/30/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

RICHARD D. BARNET is a Professor in the Department of the Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. He has worked in various positions in the music industry including artist management, booking, concert promotion, television, and live show music production, performance, and conducting. He is a former officer of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator's Association and a gubernatorial appointee to the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Advisory Council, as well as a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Professor Barnet is co-author of Controversies of the Music Industry (Greenwood, 2001).

BRUCE NEMEROV is an audio specialist at the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University.

MAYO R. TAYLOR is a librarian at the Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University.

1900-1909: The Decade of Opportunity
1910-1919: America Joins the Global Community
1920-1929: Gin, Jazz, and Women's Rights
1930-1939: A New Way of Dealing with the Depression
1940-1949: Swinging into a Second World War
1950-1959: Teens Rock the Boat
1960-1969: War in the Streets and Overseas
1970-1979: War, Watergate, and Disco
1980-1989: MTV and Reaganomics
1990-2000: The End of the Second Millennium
Song Title Index
Songwriter Index
Subject Index