American Popular Music From Minstrelsy to MP3 Includes two CDs

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2006-12-06
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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In American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, Second Edition, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman examine popular music in the United States from its beginnings into the 21st century, offering a comprehensive look at the music, the cultural history of the times, and the connections between them. Using well-chosen examples, insightful commentaries, and an engaging writing style, this text traces the development of jazz, blues, country, rock, Motown, hip-hop, and other popular styles, highlighting the contributions of diverse groups to the creation of distinctly American styles. It combines an in-depth treatment of the music itself--including discussions of stylistic elements and analyses of musical examples--with solid coverage of the music's attendant historical, social, and cultural circumstances. The authors incorporate strong pedagogy including numerous boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and intriguing topics; coverage of early American popular music; and a rich illustration program. Detailed listening charts explain the most important elements of recordings discussed at length in the text. The charts are complemented by two in-text audio CDs and--new to this edition--an iMix published at iTunes, which makes most of the songs immediately available to students and instructors. Features of the Second Edition * Integrates full color throughout * Provides more coverage of women artists, with new material on women in rock 'n' roll in Chapter 8 and a box on Queen Latifah in Chapter 14 * Reorganizes the discussion of post-1970s music: disco is now included with mainstream 70s pop, while hip-hop is treated in two chapters (12 and 14) in order to emphasize its significance and diversity * Adds new material on the recent alternative country music explosion * Includes new developments in music technology in the thoroughly revised concluding chapter * Offers revised and more vivid visual elements, including more than 100 new photos (most in full color) and an illustrated timeline * Provides redesigned listening guides, enhanced by an iMix published at iTunes (accessible at www.oup.com/us/popmusic) * Supplemented by a Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/popmusic (containing both student and instructor resources) and an Instructor's Manual and a Computerized Test Bank on CD * FREE with the purchase of this book: a 6-month subscription to Grove Music Online (www.grovemusic.com)--a $180 value Remarkably accessible, American Popular Music, Second Edition, is ideal for courses in American Popular Music, the History of Popular Music, Popular Music in American Culture, and the History of Rock 'n' Roll. Its welcoming style and warm tone will captivate readers, encouraging them to become more critically aware listeners of popular music.

Author Biography

Larry Starrs is Professor of Music at the University of Washington

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Themes and Streams of American Popular Musicp. 1
Listeningp. 2
Music and Identityp. 5
Music and Technologyp. 6
The Music Businessp. 7
Centers and Peripheriesp. 9
Streams of Tradition: The Sources of Popular Musicp. 10
"After the Ball": Popular Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuriesp. 18
The Minstrel Showp. 18
An Early Pop Songwriter: Stephen Fosterp. 23
Dance Music and Brass Bandsp. 26
The Birth of Tin Pan Alleyp. 29
The Ragtime Craze, 1896-1918p. 33
The Rise of the Phonographp. 36
Catching as the Small-Pox": Social Dance and Jazz, 1917-1935p. 41
Technology and the Music Businessp. 42
"Freak Dances": Turkey Trot and Tangop. 46
James Reese Europe and the Castlesp. 48
The Jazz Crazep. 52
Jazz Becomes Popular Music: The Original Dixieland Jazz Bandp. 53
Dance Music in the "Jazz Age"p. 56
"The King of Jazz"p. 59
"I Got Rhythm": The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley Songp. 64
Tin Pan Alley Song Formp. 66
What Were Tin Pan Alley Songs About?p. 67
What Makes a Song a "Standard"?p. 50
"St. Louis Blues': Race Records and Hillbilly Musicp. 86
Race Recordsp. 87
Classic Bluesp. 91
The Country Bluesp. 99
Charley Patton and "Tom Rushen Blues" (1929)p. 101
Blind Lemon Jefferson: The First Country Blues Starp. 103
Robert Johnson: Standing at the Crossroadp. 106
Early Country Music: Hillbilly Recordsp. 109
Pioneers of Country Music: The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgersp. 111
Popular Music and the Creat Depressionp. 117
"In the Mood": The Swing Era, 1935-1945p. 120
Swing Music and American Culturep. 121
Benny Goodman: The King of Swingp. 128
Big Band Blues: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Millerp. 135
Country Music in the Swing Era: Roy Acuff, Singing Cowboys, and Western Swingp. 142
"Choo Choo Ch'boogie": The Postwar Era, 1946-1954p. 152
Popular Music and Technology in the Postwar Erap. 155
Rise of the Big Singersp. 157
Urban Folk Music: The Weaversp. 165
Southern Music in the Postwar Erap. 166
Rhythm & Bluesp. 169
Women in R&B: Ruth Brown and Big Mama Thorntonp. 179
Country and Western Musicp. 182
Hank Williamsp. 190
"Rock Around the Clock": Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-1959p. 195
Cover Versions and Early Rock 'n' Rollp. 200
The Rock 'n' Roll Businessp. 209
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the R&B Sidep. 217
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the Country Sidep. 223
Wild, Wild Young Women: The Lady Vanishesp. 229
Songwriters and Producers of Early Rock 'n' Rollp. 232
"Good Vibrations": American Pop and the British Invasion, 1960sp. 236
The Early 1960s: Dance Music and "Teenage Symphonies"p. 237
Berry Gordy and Motownp. 245
Brian Wilson and the Beach Boysp. 250
The Beatles, the British Invasion, and the American Responsep. 254
"Blowin' in the Wind": Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock, 1960sp. 269
Patsy Cline and the Nashville Soundp. 271
Ray Charles and Soul Musicp. 273
James Brown and Aretha Franklinp. 276
Urban Folk Music in the 1960s: Bob Dylanp. 284
The Counterculture and Psychedelic Rockp. 295
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bandp. 298
San Francisco Rock: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Deadp. 304
Guitar Heroes: Jimi Hendrix and Eric Claptonp. 306
The 1970s: Rock Music, Disco, and the Popular Mainstreamp. 312
Country Music and the Pop Mainstreamp. 316
Rock Comes of Agep. 329
"Night Fever": The Rise of Discop. 341
Outsiders' Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Punk, Funk, and Rap, 1970sp. 350
The Outlaws: Progressive Country Musicp. 350
"I Shot the Sheriff": The Rise of Reggaep. 356
"Psycho Killer": 1970s Punk and New Wavep. 361
"Tear the Roof Off the Sucker": Funk Musicp. 372
"Rapper's Delight": The Origins of Hip-Hopp. 376
The 1980s: Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream
Digital Technology and Popular Musicp. 385
A Tale of Three Albumsp. 387
"Baby I'm a Star": Prince, Madonna, and the Production of Celebrityp. 406
"Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Businessp. 420
Hip-Hop Breaks Out (1980s-1990s)p. 422
Techno: Dance Music in the Digital Agep. 438
Alternate Currentsp. 440
Women's Voices: Alternative Folk, Hip-Hop, and Countryp. 449
Globalization and the Rise of World Musicp. 458
Conclusionp. 465
Music and Identityp. 466
Technology and the Music Businessp. 469
Centers and Peripheriesp. 474
Glossaryp. 477
Bibliographyp. 480
Timelinep. 482
Creditsp. 489
Indexp. 492
CD TrackListp. 516
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