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Explore the rich terrain of American popular music with the most complete, colorful, and authoritative introduction of its kind. In the fourth edition of their bestselling text, American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman provide a unique combination of cultural and social history with the analytical study of musical styles. This new edition traces the development of jazz, blues, country, rock, hip-hop, and other popular genres from their multicultural roots to the digital world of the twenty-first century.
Purchase a NEW, shrink-wrapped copy of American Popular Music, and receive 60 featured musical selections from the text in MP3 format at no additional cost! MP3 download requires access code shrink-wrapped with all new copies of the text. Good for one use. Code will be void if used.
Larry Starr is Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He is a respected scholar of American popular music and the music of Ives, Gershwin, and Copland.
Christopher Waterman is Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. An anthropologist specializing in the music of Africa and the Americas, he is also a bassist who has performed professionally in a wide variety of popular genres.
Table of Contents
Listening and Analysis Guides
1. Themes and Streams of American Popular Music
2. "After the Ball": Popular Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
3. "Catching as the Small-pox": Social Dance and Jazz, 1917-1935
4. "I Got Rhythm": The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley Song, 1920s and 1930s
5. "St. Louis Blues": Race Records and Hillbilly Music, 1920s and 1930s
6 "In the Mood": The Swing Era, 1935-1945
7. "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie": The Postwar Era, 1946-1954
8. "Rock Around the Clock": ROCK 'N' ROLL, 1954-1959
9. "Good Vibrations": American Pop and the British Invasion, 1960s
10. "Blowin' in the Wind": Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock, 1960s
11. The 1970s: Rock Music, Disco, and the Popular Mainstream
12. Outsiders' Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Salsa, Punk, Funk, and Rap, 1970s
13. The 1980s: Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream
14. "Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Business