American Popular Music: The Rock Years / Edition 1

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Overview

Rock, country, pop, soul, funk, punk, folk, hip-hop, techno, grunge—it's all here. In American Popular Music: The Rock Years, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman take readers on a fascinating journey through the rich historical and stylistic landscape of American rock. An abridged version of the authors' acclaimed American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV, this volume includes chapters 8-14 of the longer book along with new introductory and concluding chapters.
American Popular Music: The Rock Years traces the development of rock from its roots in the mid-1940s to its current state in the twenty-first century, integrating in-depth discussions of the music itself with solid coverage of the attendant historical, social, and cultural circumstances. It strikes a balance between musical analysis and social context, showing how rock and American culture have continuously influenced each other over time. Using well-chosen examples, insightful commentaries, and an engaging writing style, the authors highlight the contributions of diverse groups to the development of rock music, explain the effects of advancements in recording technology, and chronicle the growth of rock music as an industry. The book is enhanced by a rich illustration program; boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and intriguing topics; and well-organized listening charts for recordings that are discussed in detail in the text. Remarkably accessible, American Popular Music: The Rock Years is ideal for introductory courses in the history of rock and roll and will encourage readers to become more critically aware listeners of rock music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195300529
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/27/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,040,951
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Washington

UCLA

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Table of Contents

Preface
Lyric Credits
1. Themes and Streams of American Popular Music
Theme One: Listening
Theme Two: Music and Identity
Theme Three: Music and Technology
Theme Four: The Music Business
Theme Five: Centers and Peripheries
Streams of Tradition: The Sources of Popular Music
2. "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie": The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll, 1945-1955
Popular Music and Technology in the Postwar Era
Pop Crooners
Urban Folk Music: The Weavers
Southern Music in the Postwar Era
Rhythm & Blues
Women in R&B: Ruth Brown and Big Mama Thornton
Country and Western Music
Hank Williams
3. "Rock around the Clock": Rock n' Roll, 1954-1959
Cover Versions and Early Rock 'n' Roll
The Rock 'n' Roll Business
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the R&B Side
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the Country Side
Songwriters and Producers of Early Rock 'n' Roll
4. "Good Vibrations": American Pop and the British Invasion, 1960s
The Early 1960s: Dance Music and "Teenage Symphonies"
The Beatles, the British Invasion, and the American Response
5. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag": Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock, 1960s
Patsy Cline and the Nashville Sound
Ray Charles and Soul Music
James Brown and Aretha Franklin
Urban Folk Music in the 1960s: Bob Dylan
The Counterculture and Psychedelic Rock
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
San Francisco Rock: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead
Guitar Heroes: Hendrix and Clapton
6. The 1970s: Rock Music and the Popular Mainstream
Country Music and the Pop Mainstream
A 1970s Jukebox: Some Characteristic Sounds of the Decade
Rock Comes of Age
7. Outsiders' Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Punk, Funk, and Disco, 1970s
The Outlaws: Progressive Country Music
"I Shot the Sheriff": The Rise of Reggae
"Psycho Killer": 1970s Punk and New Wave
"Tear the Roof Off the Sucker": Funk Music
"Night Fever": The Rise of Disco
8. The 1980s: Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream
Digital Technology and Popular Music
A 1980s CD Changer
A Tale of Three Albums
"Baby I'm a Star": Prince, Madonna, and the Production of Celebrity
9. "Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Business
"Droppin' Science": Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music
Techno: Dance Music in the Digital Age
Alternate Currents
10. Conclusion
Music and Identity
Technology and the Music Business
Centers and Peripheries
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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