Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-01
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books

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Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution Is The Most Comprehensive Guide Yet to the fascinating relationship between American music, culture, and politics. Music expert Dick Weissman dares to take on this massive topic and presents it with ease. From the early days of the U. S. to the twenty-first century, Weissman draws upon and explains a vast amount of music, including songs by and about Native Americans, African Americans, women, and Latinos and spanning pop, punk, folk, "music of hate," music of war, and beyond. Unprecedented in its approach, this book offers a multidisciplinary discussion that is broad and diverse, and illuminates how social events impact music as well as how music impacts social events.

Author Biography

Dick Weissman is a musician, music historian, performer, composer, and recording artist who has written eighteen published books about music, including How to Make a Living in Your Local Music Market. He is an associate professor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver and an adjunct professor at Portland Community College, in Portland, Oregon, where he lives.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Songs of the Immigrants and Songs in American History and Politicsp. 1
Arrivalp. 1
Songs of the Immigrantsp. 2
Songs About the Immigrantsp. 5
The Revolutionary Warp. 7
The Postcolonial Erap. 9
The War of 1812p. 10
The Mexican Warp. 11
The Period Before the Civil Warp. 14
The Civil Warp. 15
The Spanish-American Warp. 16
World War Ip. 17
Other Early Political Songsp. 19
Native American Music and Social Issuesp. 21
The Inadvertent Hostp. 21
Conquest and Removalp. 23
Nineteenth-Century Indian Historyp. 28
Indians in the Twentieth Centuryp. 33
Traditional Musicp. 39
Twentieth-Century Musicp. 40
Musical Fusions by Various Indian Artistsp. 51
White Commentary on Indiansp. 53
Indian Classical Musicp. 60
The Business of Indian Music and a Look at the Futurep. 61
African Americansp. 63
The Slave Tradep. 64
Early Musicp. 64
The Development and Evolution of Slaveryp. 68
Religionp. 68
The Civil War and Its Aftermathp. 72
The Period of Maximum Oppression: 1880-1914p. 73
Secular Folk Musicp. 73
Minstrels, Ragtime, and Broadwayp. 75
Birth and Evolution of the Bluesp. 78
White Blues and White Audiencesp. 89
World War II to the Sixtiesp. 94
Gospel Musicp. 95
Pop and R&Bp. 97
Motown and Stax Recordsp. 98
Soulp. 101
Jazzp. 104
Rapp. 109
Songs by White People About African Americansp. 123
Race: An Ongoing Issuep. 128
Women's Lives and Songsp. 131
The Role of Womenp. 131
World War I and Women's Suffragep. 135
Between the World Warsp. 137
The Fifties and Sixtiesp. 141
The British Invasion, the 1650 Broadway Songwriters, and Motownp. 143
Feminism and the Women's Movementp. 145
Enduring Women's Issues, from the Seventies Onp. 153
Eighties and Nineties Ladiesp. 157
The Nineties and Beyondp. 161
Women in Jazzp. 167
Women's Roles in Musicp. 168
Songbook Analysisp. 169
The Music Industry and Women's Musicp. 170
Protest Songs: Music as a Tool for Social Changep. 171
Joe Hillp. 174
Songs of the Miners and Textile Workersp. 175
Conservative Songsp. 177
Music and the Communist Partyp. 178
The Radical Schools of the Thirties and Black Protest Musicp. 180
The Spanish Civil War and Protest Musicp. 181
Changes in American Life and the Union Movementp. 182
The Almanac Singersp. 184
Professional Protestp. 185
The Hitler-Stalin Peace Pactp. 186
Alan Lomax and Woody Guthriep. 189
Leadbellyp. 193
Protest Music and Audiencesp. 196
World War II and the Almanacsp. 197
Pete Seeger and People's Songsp. 198
Josh Whitep. 199
The Red Scares, the Election of 1948, and the End of People's Songsp. 200
The Weaversp. 202
The Effects of the Blacklist on Political Musicp. 204
Folk-Pop Crossoverp. 204
The Kingston Triop. 205
Music and the Civil Rights Movementp. 207
Protest Singers of the Sixtiesp. 209
Protest Music Todayp. 216
The Future of Protest Musicp. 225
Why Folk Music? Then and Nowp. 226
Spanish-Speaking Groupsp. 231
The Southwestp. 231
Immigrationp. 234
Political Militancep. 236
Mexican American Musicp. 236
Evolution of Musical Style in Mexican American Musicp. 243
Mexicans in Anglo Musicp. 246
Puerto Rican Life and Musicp. 247
Cuba and the Exodusp. 249
What's Going On: Chicano Consciousness and Musicp. 253
Ry Cooderp. 262
Rock and Rollp. 265
Why Rock and Roll?p. 265
Rock and Roll Historyp. 266
"Rock Around the Clock"p. 269
Elvis and Sun Recordsp. 269
Rock and White Supremacyp. 271
Cover Recordsp. 273
"The Sound of Young America"p. 275
Politics of the Sixtiesp. 275
Peace, Love, Flowers, Drugs, and Musicp. 276
Peace, Love, and Disillusionmentp. 279
Discop. 279
Punkp. 280
Hard Corep. 282
Straight Edge vs. Punk's Underbellyp. 283
Heavy Metal and Eighties Rockp. 284
Grungep. 286
Jokers in the Deckp. 288
Mainstream Artistsp. 289
Rage Against the Machinep. 290
Rock and Roll and Racep. 291
Women and Rockp. 293
Rock and Roll Todayp. 294
The Music of Hatep. 295
Anti-African American Musicp. 295
Neo-Nazi Musicp. 297
The Two Gulf Wars, 9/11/2001, and Afghanistanp. 301
The Gulf War of 1991p. 301
9/11p. 304
The Second Gulf Warp. 306
Iraq and Vietnamp. 313
Music and Social Changep. 315
Omissionsp. 315
Music, Celebrity, and the Political Processp. 316
Situations Where Music Had Influencep. 318
Can Music Cause Social Change?p. 321
Bibliography and Discographyp. 323
Indexp. 349
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