American Popular Music: The age of rock

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Popular Press, 1989 - Music - 267 pages
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Beginning with the emergence of commercial American music in the nineteenth century, Volume 1 includes essays on the major performers, composers, media, and movements that shaped our musical culture before rock and roll. Articles explore the theoretical dimensions of popular music studies; the music of the nineteenth century; and the role of black Americans in the evolution of popular music. Also included—the music of Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, swing, the blues, the influences of W. S. Gilbert and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and changes in lyric writing styles from the nineteenth century to the rock era.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Country Music and American Values
24
Introduction
75
Elvis Presley and the Myth of America
102
The Evolution of the American Protest Song
113
Introduction
124
A New Poetry
144
The Beatles
151
Its Sociological and Political
168
If Ya Wanna End War and Stuff You Gotta Sing Loud
179
Sex Role Standards in Popular Music
185
Introduction
197
Pop Punk and Subcultural Solutions
220
A Music for the 1980s?
240
From Performance to DadaSurrealism
252
The Life and Lyrics of Bruce Springsteen
258

A Study of Robert Johnson
160

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