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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

• Supplemented by a Companion Website at (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 ( $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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is the best textbook on the market for a general popular music course for the nonmajor. It is reliable, broad, and easy to read. . . . It is a critical study that engages important cultural issues."--Gayle Murchison, The College of William and Mary

"Starr and Waterman offer the strongest historical narrative, with excellent examples, comprehensive coverage of styles, and an integrated, chronological approach."--Mary Macklem, University of Central Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195300536
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/10/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Starr is Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He is a respected scholar on the music of Ives, Gershwin, and Copland, as well as on popular music.

Christopher Waterman is Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. An anthropologist specializing in the music of Africa and the Americas, he is also a bassist who has performed professionally in a wide variety of popular genres.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition     ix
Themes and Streams of American Popular Music     1
Listening     2
Music and Identity     5
Music and Technology     6
The Music Business     7
Centers and Peripheries     9
Streams of Tradition: The Sources of Popular Music     10
"After the Ball": Popular Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries     18
The Minstrel Show     18
An Early Pop Songwriter: Stephen Foster     23
Dance Music and Brass Bands     26
The Birth of Tin Pan Alley     29
The Ragtime Craze, 1896-1918     33
The Rise of the Phonograph     36
Catching as the Small-Pox": Social Dance and Jazz, 1917-1935     41
Technology and the Music Business     42
"Freak Dances": Turkey Trot and Tango     46
James Reese Europe and the Castles     48
The Jazz Craze     52
Jazz Becomes Popular Music: The Original Dixieland Jazz Band     53
Dance Music in the "Jazz Age"     56
"The King of Jazz"     59
"I Got Rhythm": The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley Song     64
Tin Pan Alley Song Form     66
What WereTin Pan Alley Songs About?     67
What Makes a Song a "Standard"?     50
"St. Louis Blues': Race Records and Hillbilly Music     86
Race Records     87
Classic Blues     91
The Country Blues     99
Charley Patton and "Tom Rushen Blues" (1929)     101
Blind Lemon Jefferson: The First Country Blues Star     103
Robert Johnson: Standing at the Crossroad     106
Early Country Music: Hillbilly Records     109
Pioneers of Country Music: The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers     111
Popular Music and the Creat Depression     117
"In the Mood": The Swing Era, 1935-1945     120
Swing Music and American Culture     121
Benny Goodman: The King of Swing     128
Big Band Blues: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller     135
Country Music in the Swing Era: Roy Acuff, Singing Cowboys, and Western Swing     142
"Choo Choo Ch'boogie": The Postwar Era, 1946-1954     152
Popular Music and Technology in the Postwar Era     155
Rise of the Big Singers     157
Urban Folk Music: The Weavers     165
Southern Music in the Postwar Era     166
Rhythm & Blues     169
Women in R&B: Ruth Brown and Big Mama Thornton     179
Country and Western Music     182
Hank Williams     190
"Rock Around the Clock": Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-1959     195
Cover Versions and Early Rock 'n' Roll     200
The Rock 'n' Roll Business     209
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the R&B Side     217
Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the Country Side     223
Wild, Wild Young Women: The Lady Vanishes     229
Songwriters and Producers of Early Rock 'n' Roll     232
"Good Vibrations": American Pop and the British Invasion, 1960s     236
The Early 1960s: Dance Music and "Teenage Symphonies"     237
Berry Gordy and Motown     245
Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys     250
The Beatles, the British Invasion, and the American Response     254
"Blowin' in the Wind": Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock, 1960s     269
Patsy Cline and the Nashville Sound     271
Ray Charles and Soul Music     273
James Brown and Aretha Franklin     276
Urban Folk Music in the 1960s: Bob Dylan     284
The Counterculture and Psychedelic Rock     295
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band     298
San Francisco Rock: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead     304
Guitar Heroes: Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton     306
The 1970s: Rock Music, Disco, and the Popular Mainstream     312
Country Music and the Pop Mainstream     316
Rock Comes of Age     329
"Night Fever": The Rise of Disco     341
Outsiders' Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Punk, Funk, and Rap, 1970s     350
The Outlaws: Progressive Country Music     350
"I Shot the Sheriff": The Rise of Reggae     356
"Psycho Killer": 1970s Punk and New Wave     361
"Tear the Roof Off the Sucker": Funk Music     372
"Rapper's Delight": The Origins of Hip-Hop     376
The 1980s: Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream
Digital Technology and Popular Music     385
A Tale of Three Albums     387
"Baby I'm a Star": Prince, Madonna, and the Production of Celebrity     406
"Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Business     420
Hip-Hop Breaks Out (1980s-1990s)     422
Techno: Dance Music in the Digital Age     438
Alternate Currents     440
Women's Voices: Alternative Folk, Hip-Hop, and Country     449
Globalization and the Rise of World Music      458
Conclusion     465
Music and Identity     466
Technology and the Music Business     469
Centers and Peripheries     474
Glossary     477
Bibliography     480
Timeline     482
Credits     489
Index     492
CD TrackList     516
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