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.
Michael Campbell is a writer and pianist. A California native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and holds a doctorate from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano with Leon Fleisher. As a commercial musician, he has assisted such artists as Angela Lansbury, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, Ethel Merman, and Don McLean. As a concert pianist, he has performed a broad range of repertoire, including his own transcriptions of recordings by Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton, and other legendary jazz pianists. He also performs all of the piano selections included with this textbook.
1. A Matter of Style: Describing Popular Music. 2. The Beginnings of American Popular Music. 3. The Emergence of Black Music. 4. Popular Song in the Modern Era. 5. The Swing Era. 6. In from the Outskirts: Blues, Gospel, Country, and Folk Music, 1925-1950. 7. Latin Music in the United States. 8. On the Charts, 1945-1954. 9. Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-1964. 10. The Rock Revolution: Rock and Black Music in the 1960s. 11. Reactions to Rock: Established Styles in the Early Rock Era. 12. Rock and R&B in the 1970s. 13. Funk, Reggae, Disco, Punk: New Trends of the Late 1970s. 14. Electronica and Rap. 15. Beyond Rock: Pop, Rock, and R&B in the 1980s. 16. Alternatives: Alternative, Heavy Metal, and Grunge after 1980. 17. A World of Music: Popular Music at the Turn of a New Century. Glossary. Index.