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This text provides an overview of the four major areas of American contemporary music: jazz, rock, country, and musical theater. Each genre is approached chronologically with the emphasis on the socio-cultural aspects of the music. Readers will appreciate Joyner's engaging writing style and come away with the fundamental skills needed to listen critically to a variety of popular music styles.
Table of Contents
|Tin Pan Alley and the Theater|
|Tin Pan Alley and American Popular Song|
|American Musical Theater|
|The African-American Tradition|
|African Origins and Acculturation in the New World|
|Early Commercialization of African-American Music|
|American Blues Traditions|
|Jazz in New Orleans and Chicago|
|Jazz Pioneers in Chicago|
|Big Bands and the Swing Years|
|Popular Styles in Jazz Since the Swing Era|
|Country Music and the Anglo-American Tradition|
|The Folk Origins of Country Music|
|Early Commercialization of Country Music|
|Country Meets Western|
|Nashville Becomes Music City, U.S.A.|
|From Bluegrass to Young Country|
|Rock and the Gathering of America's Music|
|The Origins and Development of Early Rock|
|Fifties Pop and Folk Rock|
|The British Invasion|
|Psychedelic Rock and Roots Revivalists|
|Gospel, Soul, and Motown|
|From Progressive Rock to Reggae in the Seventies|
|Hard and Soft Rock in the Seventies|
|New Heights and High Tech in the Eighties|
|Many Sounds From Many Places in the Nineties|
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