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This refreshingly current, fascinating book examines the roots and history of American popular music chronologically, from 1840 to the present. With a focus on basic music fundamentals as well as the elements of each style, POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA: THE BEAT GOES ON, Third Edition, examines the heritage and diversity of popular music; the underlying kinship among its many styles; and the evolution of popular music from minstrel show music to rap and alternative. The opening chapter uses a familiar musical example to introduce readers to the elements of popular music. The book is available with an exclusive, high-quality "heritage" 3-CD set that contains each selection discussed in depth in the first two thirds of the book: from the early twentieth century through the 1960s. The remaining examples may be accessed via online iTunes and Rhapsody playlists.
Table of Contents
A Matter of Style: Describing Popular Music
The Beginnings of American Popular Music
The Emergence of Black Music
Popular Song in the Modern Era
The Swing Era
In from the Outskirts: Blues, Gospel, Country, and Folk Music, 1925-1950
Latin Music in the United States
On the Charts, 1945-1954
Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-1964
The Rock Revolution: Rock and Black Music in the 1960s
Reactions to Rock: Established Styles in the Early Rock Era
Rock and R&B in the 1970s
Funk, Reggae, Disco, Punk: New Trends of the Late 1970s
Electronica and Rap
Beyond Rock: Pop, Rock, and R&B in the 1980s
Alternatives: Alternative, Heavy Metal, and Grunge after 1980
A World of Music: Popular Music at the Turn of a New Century
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