101 Albums that Changed Popular Music

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  • Copyright: 4/14/2009
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Whether on vinyl or in digital form, the album has become an integral, important, and fascinating part of our cultural history. 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music tells the stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded. Chosen for their popular appeal, historical significance, and influence on later genres, the albums included here represent a wide variety of genres, such as blues, jazz, rock, reggae, rockabilly, folk, soul, hip-hop, and country. Veteran music journalist Chris Smith describes how albums reflected the political, social, and economic culture of the era, with entries that discuss the albums' histories, the inspiration behind their creation, and why they continue to stand the test of time.

Author Biography

Chris Smith is a music journalist and professor of cultural critcism, U. British Columbia. His books include Inside New York, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: The Rise of Album Rock, an The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: From Arenas to the Underground.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
A Timeline of Recorded Soundp. xvii
The Birth of the Long Player, 1952-1962p. 1
Stop, Hey, What's That Sound? 1963-1967p. 23
A Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1968-1971p. 55
Take It to the Limit, 1972-1976p. 95
The Modern Dance, 1977-1985p. 135
Welcome to the Jungle, 1986-1990p. 183
Smells Like Teen Spirit, 1991-2008p. 211
Ten Albums That Almost Made Itp. 243
Ten Important Producersp. 247
Albums Listed Chronologicallyp. 251
Albums Listed Alphabeticallyp. 257
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 267
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