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Featuring over 100 readings from a wide range of sources and writers, The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader, Third Edition, provides a rich and engaging introduction to the development of American popular music and the important social and cultural issues raised by its study. The third edition brings together a vast array of selections from sources that include mainstream and specialized magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, interviews, and autobiographies of musicians and other music industry insiders, plus ten new readings on timely topics such as:

* The emerging influence of digital technology like autotune and filesharing on popular music
* The integration of popular music and reality TV through shows like American Idol
* Lady Gaga's meteoric rise to fame and its inextricable link to new media
* A retrospective look at and reevaluation of Michael Jackson's long career
* The global impact of legendary artist Bob Marley and reggae

Visit the companion website at www.oup.com/us/brackett for additional study resources.

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"An excellent reader-the best out there."--Mike Morrison, Purdue University

"Provides students with a more engaging reading experience than other anthologies."--Clarence Hines, University of North Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195365931
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/12/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 574
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Brackett is Associate Professor at the Department of Music Research in the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. His publications include Interpreting Popular Music (2000) and articles and reviews in Popular Music, JAMS, and American Music. Professor Brackett is also a consulting editor for the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music (OUP).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Before 1950
1 Technology, the dawn of modern popular music, and the "king of Jazz" 1
On wax 2
2 Big band swing music : race and power in the music business 5
Black music's on top; white Jazz stagnant 6
The dance band business : a study in black and white 8
3 Solo pop singers and "der bingle" 11
from Call me lucky 12
4 Hillbilly and race music 13
That's gold in them hillbillies 13
5 Blues people and the classic blues 17
from Blues people : the Negro experience in white America and the music that developed from it 18
6 The empress of the blues 25
from Hear me talkin' to ya : the story of Jazz as told by the men who made it 26
7 At the crossroads with Robert Johnson, as told by Johnny Shines 29
Interview with Johnny Shines 31
8 From race music to Rhythm and blues : T-Bone Walker 33
T-Bone Walker : father of the blues 34
9 Jumpin' the blues with Louis Jordan 36
Bands dug by the beat : Louis Jordan 37
from Honkers and shouters : the golden years of rhythm and blues 38
10 On the bandstand with Johnny Otis and Wynonie Harris 41
from Upside your head! : rhythm and blues on central avenue 41
Women won't let me alone 43
11 The producers answer back : the emergence of the "indie" record company 44
Indies' surprise survival : small labels' ingenuity and skill pay off 45
from Honkers and shouters : the golden years of rhythm and blues 47
12 Country music as folk music, country music as novelty 49
American folk tunes : cowboy and hillbilly tunes and tunesters 51
Corn of plenty 52
Pt. 2 The 1950s
13 Country music approaches the mainstream 55
Country music goes to town 55
14 Hank Williams on songwriting 57
from How to write folk and western music to sell 58
15 Rhythm and blues in the early 1950s : B. B. King 58
from Honkers and shouters : the golden years of rhythm and blues 59
16 "The house that Ruth Brown built? 61
from Miss Rhythm : the autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and blues legend 62
17 Ray Charles, or when Saturday night mixed it up with Sunday morning 65
from Brother Ray : Ray Charles' own story 66
18 Jerry Wexler : a life in R&B 72
from Rhythm and the blues : a life in American music 72
19 The growing threat of rhythm and blues 76
Top names now singing the blues as newcomers roll on R&B tide 77
A warning to the music business 79
20 Langston Hughes responds 80
Highway robbery across the color line in rhythm and blues 81
21 from Rhythm and blues to rock 'n' roll : the songs of Chuck Berry 82
from Chuck Berry : the autobiography 83
22 Little Richard : boldly going where no man had gone before 88
from The life and times of little Richard : the quasar of rock 89
23 Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, and Rockabilly 94
Sam Phillips interview 96
24 Rock 'n' roll meets the popular press 100
Rock-and-roll called communicable disease 101
Yeh-heh-heh-hes, baby 101
Rock 'n' roll's pulse taken 102
Why they rock 'n' roll - and should they? 102
25 The Chicago defender defends rock 'n' roll 102
Bias against 'rock 'n' roll' latest bombshell in dixie 103
26 The music industry fight against rock 'n' roll : Dick Clark's teen-pop empire and the payola scandal 104
Music Biz goes round and round : it comes out Clarkola 106
Mr. Clark and colored payola 109
Pt. 3 The 1960s
27 Brill building, the girl groups, and Phil spector 110
The first tycoon of teen 111
28 From surf to smile 118
from Wouldn't it be nice : my own story 119
29 Urban folk revival 123
Songs of the silent generation 125
Folk music : they hear America singing 127
30 Bringing it all back home : Dylan at Newport 128
Newport folk festival, 1965 130
Newport folk festival, 1965 131
31 "Chaos is a friend of mine 133
Bob Dylan interview 135
32 From R&B to soul 140
from The fire next time 142
from Rhythm and the blues : a life in American music 143
33 No town like motown 144
from To be loved : the music, the magic, the memories of motown 145
34 The Godfather of soul and the beginnings of funk 150
from The Godfather of soul 152
35 "The blues changes from day to day 160
Otis Redding interview 161
36 Aretha Franklin meets the mainstream 164
Lady soul : singing it like it is 165
37 The Beatles, the "British invasion," and cultural respectability 170
What songs the Beatles sang ... 172
Musicologically ... 173
38 A hard day's night 174
Bravo Beatles! 174
39 England swings, and the Beatles evolve on Revolver and Sgt. Pepper 177
Pop eye : on 'Revolver' 178
It's getting better ... 181
40 Art school and the British blues revival 182
Rebels with a beat 185
41 The Stones versus the Beatles 187
Records : rock, etc. - the big ones 189
42 If you're goin' to San Francisco ... 193
Dead like live thunder 195
Grace Slick, vocals, composer 197
43 The kozmic blues of Janis Joplin 198
We look at our parents and ... 200
44 Santana's psychedelic salsa 203
Call me Abraxas : Santana 203
45 Jimi Hendrix and the electronic guitar 205
Second dimension : Jimi Hendrix in action 207
46 Rock meets the avant-garde : Frank Zappa 209
Zappa and the mothers : ugly can be beautiful 210
47 Pop/bubblegum/Monkees 213
from Any old way you choose it : Rocka and other pop music, 1967-1973 214
48 The aesthetics of rock 216
Get off of my cloud 217
Pop eye : evaluating media 218
Musical events - records : rock, etc 221
49 Festivals : the good, the bad, and the ugly 223
Review of various artists, Woodstock 225
Altamont, California, December 6, 1969 227
Pt. 4 The 1970s
50 Where did the sixties go? 230
Of pop and pies and fun 232
51 The sound of autobiography : singer-songwriters, James Taylor 237
James Taylor : one man's family of Rock 239
52 Joni Mitchell journeys within 242
Joni Mitchell : self-portrait of a superstar 243
53 Sly stone : "the myth of Staggerlee 247
from Mystery Train : images of America in rock 'n' roll music 249
54 Not-so-"little" Stevie Wonder 254
The formerly little Stevie Wonder 255
55 Parliament drops the bomb 259
George Clinton : ultimate liberator of constipated notions 260
56 Heavy metal meets the counterculture 266
Review of Led Zeppelin 267
57 Led Zeppelin speaks! 269
The Crunge : Jimmy Page gives a history lesson 270
58 "I have no message whatsovever" 276
David Bowie interview 277
59 Rock me Amadeus 282
Keith Emerson 284
from Yesstories : Yes in their own words 287
60 Jazz fusion 290
from Miles : the autobiography 292
61 Get on up disco 298
The dialectic of disco : Gay music goes straight 300
62 Punk : the sound of criticism? 308
A conservative impulse in the new rock underground 310
63 Punk crosses the Atlantic 314
Rebels against the system 315
64 Punk to new wave? 319
The B-52s' American graffiti 321
65 UK new wave 322
The Elvis (Costello, that is) interview 323
Pt. 5 The 1980s
66 A "Second British invasion," MTV, and other postmodernist conundrums 329
Rock 'n' roller coaster : the music biz on a joyride 331
67 Thriller begets the "King of Pop" 340
I'm white! What's wrong with Michael Jackson 342
68 Madonna and the performance of identity 344
Venus of the radio waves 345
Madonnica 349
69 Bruce springsteen : reborn in the USA 351
Little Egypt from Asbury Park - and Bruce Springsteen don't crawl on his belly, neither 352
The real thing - Bruce Springsteen 355
70 R&B in the 1980s : to cross over or not to cross over? 361
from The death of Rhythm and Blues 362
Ain't no mountain high enough : the politics of crossover 367
71 Heavy metal thunders on! 371
Purity and power - total, unswerving devotion to heavy metal form : Judas Priest and the Scorpions 373
72 Metal in the late eighties : Glam or Thrash? 376
Metallica 377
73 Postpunk goes Indie 381
What is this thing called hardcore? 382
74 Indie brings the noise 385
Boys are smelly : Sonic Youth tour diary, '87 385
75 Hip-hop, don't stop 389
B-beats bombarding Bronx : mobile DJ starts something with oldie R&B disks 390
Jive talking N.Y. DJs rapping away in black discos 391
Bad rap 393
76 "The music is a mirror" 394
Hip hop madness : from Def Jams to cold lampin', rap is our music 395
Girls ain't nothin' but trouble 399
77 Where rap and heavy metal converge 401
There's a new sound in pop music : bigotry 401
Pt. 6 The 1990s and beyond
78 Hip-hop into the 1990s : gangstas, fly girls, and the big bling-bling 406
Fear of a rap planet 408
79 Nuthin' but a "G" thang 413
Snoop Dogg's gentle hip hop growl 414
80 Keeping it a little too real 417
Rap sheet 418
Party over 420
Town criers 420
81 Sample-mania 421
Sampling is (a) creative or (b) theft? 422
82 Women in rap 424
Hip-hop nation 425
83 The beat goes on 432
Eminem's old words aren't hip-hop's biggest problem 433
84 From Indie to alternative to ... Seattle? 435
A Seattle slew 436
85 Riot girl 438
Riot girl 439
86 Grunge turns to Scrunge 441
Over & out : Indie Rock values in the age of alternative million sellers 443
87 Two "postalternative" icons 449
A Dylan in slacker's clothing 450
The outer limits 452
88 "We are the world"? 456
Immigration and assimilation : Rai, Reggae, and Bhangramuffin 458
89 A Talking Head writes 466
Crossing music's borders : I have world music 466
90 Genre or gender? The resurgence of the singer-songwriter 470
Tori Amos : pain for sale 471
91 Public policy and pop music history collide 475
Empire of the air 477
92 Electronica is in the house 480
Historia electronica preface 482
Lorraine goes to livingston : a rave and regency romance 492
93 R&B divas go retro 494
The new conscience of pop music 495
94 What have we come to? : (on continuing moral panics in late 1990s' popular music and other strange developments) 499
Bay Area Goths say media has it wrong (many teens offended by snap association of subculture and suspects) 500
Is Shania Twain human 502
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