9780472116379

I Don't Sound Like Nobody: Remaking Music in 1950s America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780472116379

  • ISBN10:

    0472116371

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-08-26
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Summary

The 1950s marked a radical transformation in American popular music, as the nation drifted away from its love affair with big band swing to embrace the unschooled and unruly new sounds of rock 'n' roll. The sudden flood of records from the margins of the music industry left impressions on the pop soundscape that would eventually reshape long-established listening habits and expectations, as well as conventions of songwriting, performance, and recording. When Elvis Presley claimed, "I don't sound like nobody," a year before he made his first commercial record, he was unwittingly articulating a musical Zeitgeist. The central story line ofI Don't Sound Like Nobodyis change itself. The book's characters include not just performers but engineers, producers, songwriters, label owners, and radio personalities---all of them key players in the decade's musical transformation. Written in engaging, accessible prose, Albin Zak'sI Don't Sound Like Nobodyis the first book to approach musical and historical issues of the 1950s through the lens of recordings and to fashion a compelling story of the birth of a new musical language. The book belongs on the shelf of every modern music aficionado and every scholar of rock 'n' roll. Albin J. Zak III is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the editor ofThe Velvet Underground Companionand the author ofThe Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks, Making Records, a groundbreaking study of rock music production. Zak is also a recording engineer, record producer, songwriter, singer, and guitarist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Records on the Radiop. 9
Shifting Currents in the Mainstreamp. 43
Hustlers and Amateursp. 76
Crossing Overp. 110
Surface Noisep. 143
"Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll"p. 170
New Traditionsp. 204
Epiloguep. 238
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 265
Records Citedp. 275
Indexp. 287
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