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Reebee Garofalo is Professor Emeritus at UMass Boston, where he taught for 33 years. His most recent book is Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA. He has written numerous articles on popular music for popular as well as scholarly publications and has lectured internationally on a broad range of subjects relating to the operations of the music industry. Garofalo has been active in promoting popular music studies internationally, as a member of the Executive Committee and past Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, and an editor for several popular music journals, including the Journal of Popular Music Studies. At the local level, Garofalo serves on the organizing committee for the HONK! Festival, an annual gathering of activist street bands. For relaxation, he enjoys drumming and singing with the Blue Suede Boppers, a fifties rock 'n' roll band, and marching with the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, an activist New Orleans-style brass band.
Steve Waksman has turned a lifelong involvement with music as a player and listener into a career as a scholar of rock and pop. Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College, his works include the books Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience, and the award-winning This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk. He has contributed essays to several journals and edited collections, including the Cambridge Companion to the Guitar, the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop, and Metal Rules the Globe. In 2008, Waksman was the keynote speaker at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters event honoring the legacy of musician and inventor Les Paul. He is co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Popular Music with Andy Bennett, and is currently researching a new book on the cultural history of live music and performance in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
Introduction: Definitions, Themes, and Issues
1. Constructing Tin Pan Alley: From Minstrelsy to Mass Culture
2. Blues, Jazz, and Country: The Segregation of Popular Music
3. “Good Rockin’ Tonight”: The Rise of Rhythm and Blues
4. Crossing Cultures: The Eruption of Rock ‘n’ Roll
5. The Empire Strikes Back: The Reaction to Rock ‘n’ Roll
6. Popular Music and Political Culture: The Sixties
7. Music Versus Markets: The Fragmentation of Pop
8. Punk and Disco: The Poles of Pop
9. Are We the World?: Music Videos, Superstars, and Mega-Events
10. Rap and Metal: The Voices of Youth Culture
11. Repackaging Pop: The Changing Mainstream
12. Changing Channels: Music and Media in the New Millennium