Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the U.S.A. / Edition 6

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Examines the social and business sides of rock history

Rockin' Out: Popular Music In the U.S.A., 6/e, analyzes the music and business of rock ‘n roll. This comprehensive, introductory text takes readers from the invention of the phonograph to the promise of the Internet. Topics include: the rise of television idols, the proliferation of alternative sounds, and the influence of digital production techniques.

MySearchLab is a part of the Garofalo/Waksman program. Listening guides show students when to focus in on key moments in select songs. To provide students with flexibility, students can download the eText to a tablet using the free Pearson eText app.

NOTE: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase the text with MySearchLab, order the package ISBN:

0205940722 / 9780205940721 Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the U.S.A. Plus MySearchLab with Pearson eText - Access Card Package

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0205239927 / 9780205239924 MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

0205956807 / 9780205956807 Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the U.S.A.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The book covers a wide base of American music, from Tin Pan Alley to hip hop, addresses the major artists in various genres, and goes chronologically, in a systematic, logical order. I feel that Rockin' Out is probably the best "Rock/American music" textbook out right now. “

- Jason Lester, Wharton County Junior College

“This book's greatest strength is the author's ability to demonstrate the continuing relevance of these economic, political, and otherwise extra-musical concerns and controversies throughout the history of the music. I feel this is the most contemporary and up-to-date survey of popular music history, politics, economics, and sociology on the market.”

- Kris Tiner, Bakersfield College

“I do believe that the chronological nature of this text is excellent.”

- Scott Bacon, Drexel University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205956807
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/31/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 296,464
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Reebee Garofalo is Professor Emeritus at UMass Boston, where he taught for 33 years. His most recent book is Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA. He has written numerous articles on popular music for popular as well as scholarly publications and has lectured internationally on a broad range of subjects relating to the operations of the music industry. Garofalo has been active in promoting popular music studies internationally, as a member of the Executive Committee and past Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, and an editor for several popular music journals, including the Journal of Popular Music Studies. At the local level, Garofalo serves on the organizing committee for the HONK! Festival, an annual gathering of activist street bands. For relaxation, he enjoys drumming and singing with the Blue Suede Boppers, a fifties rock 'n' roll band, and marching with the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, an activist New Orleans-style brass band.

Steve Waksman has turned a lifelong involvement with music as a player and listener into a career as a scholar of rock and pop. Associate Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College, his works include the books Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience, and the award-winning This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk. He has contributed essays to several journals and edited collections, including the Cambridge Companion to the Guitar, the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop, and Metal Rules the Globe. In 2008, Waksman was the keynote speaker at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters event honoring the legacy of musician and inventor Les Paul. He is currently researching a new book on the cultural history of live music and performance in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and co-editing the Sage Handbook of Popular Music with Andy Bennett.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Constructing Tin Pan Alley: From Minstrelsy to Mass Culture

Chapter 2. Blues, Jazz, and Country: The Segregation of Popular Music

Chapter 3. “Good Rockin’ Tonight”: The Rise of Rhythm and Blues

Chapter 4. Crossing Cultures: The Eruption of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Chapter 5. The Empire Strikes Back: The Reaction to Rock ‘n’ Roll

Chapter 6. Popular Music and Political Culture: The Sixties

Chapter 7. Music Versus Markets: The Fragmentation of Pop

Chapter 8. Punk and Disco: The Poles of Pop

Chapter 9. Are We the World? Music Videos, Superstars, and Mega-Events

Chapter 10. Rap and Metal: The Voices of Youth Culture

Chapter 11. Repackaging Pop: The Changing Mainstream

Chapter 12. Changing Channels: Music and Media in the New Millennium


Introduction: Definitions, Themes, and Issues

Into the Twentieth Century: Popular Music and Mass Culture

Rock ’n’ Roll: The Birth of a New Era

Marketing and the Politics of Race, Language, and Gender

Regulating Popular Music

Chapter 1. Constructing Tin Pan Alley: From Minstrelsy to Mass Culture

Minstrelsy: The Making of Mainstream U.S. Culture

Sheet Music, Sound Recording, and the Sounds of Music

Tin Pan Alley Creates Musical Tradition

Listening Guide 1: “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”

Commercial Broadcasting: A Very Private Enterprise

Chapter 2. Blues, Jazz, and Country: The Segregation of Popular Music

Blues, Jazz, and Country: More Equal Than Separate

Race Music: The Popular Sounds of Black America

Listening Guide 2: “Crazy Blues”

Hillbilly: The Music of the White Working Class

Listening Guide 3: “Blue Yodel #9 (Standin’ on the Corner)”

Disseminating Blues, Jazz, and Country: More Separate Than Equal

The Long Road Back for Records

Chapter 3. “Good Rockin’ Tonight”: The Rise of Rhythm and Blues

The Publishers and the Broadcasters: ASCAP Versus BMI

Enter the Deejay: The Broadcasters Versus AFM

From Big Bands to Solo Singers

The Major Labels Reclaim Country Music

Listening Guide 4: “Hey Good Lookin’”

The Independents Promote Rhythm and Blues

Listening Guide 5: “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean”

Mass Technology and Popular Taste

Independent Radio: Deejays in Your Face

Chapter 4. Crossing Cultures: The Eruption of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Cultural Diversity: The Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll

Structural Changes in the Music Industry

Sounds of the Cities

Listening Guide 6: “Tutti Frutti”

Listening Guide 7: “Rock and Roll Music”

Doo Wop: The Intersection of Gospel, Jazz, and Pop

Listening Guide 8: “Sh’ Boom”

Latin Music Rocks

Rockabilly: The Country Strain

Chapter 5. The Empire Strikes Back: The Reaction to Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Established Powers Fight Back

Listening Guide 10: “Tutti Frutti”

“Schlock Rock”: Enter the White Middle Class

The War on Rock ’n’ Roll

Surf’s Up!

Listening Guide 11: “Surfin’ U.S.A.”

Chapter 6. Popular Music and Political Culture: The Sixties

The Civil Rights Movement and Popular Music

Listening Guide 12: “Stop! In the Name of Love”

Listening Guide 13: “The Times They Are A-Changin’”

The British Invasion Occupies the Pop Charts

Breaking the Sounds of Silence: New Voices in the Music

Listening Guide 14: “(I Got You) I Feel Good”

Listening Guide 15: “Oye Como Va”

Listening Guide 16: “A Day in the Life”

Chapter 7. Music Versus Markets: The Fragmentation of Pop

The Music Industry: A Sound Investment

Creativity and Commerce: Rock as Art

Listening Guide 17: “Roundabout”

Sweeter Soul Music

Listening Guide 18: “You Make Me Feel Brand New”

Singer/Songwriters, Soft Rock, and More

Listening Guide 19: “You’ve Got a Friend”

Women’s Music: The Feminist Alternative

From Country Rock to Southern Boogie

Mad with Power: Heavy Metal

Listening Guide 20: “Smoke on the Water”

All That Glitters Does Not Sell Gold

Listening Guide 21: “Changes”

Chapter 8. Punk and Disco: The Poles of Pop

Punk Versus Disco

Punk: Rock as (White) Noise

Listening Guide 22: “I Don’t Wanna Be Learned, I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed”

Listening Guide 23: “Anarchy in the U.K.”

Disco: The Rhythm Without the Blues

Listening Guide 24: “Last Dance”

Chapter 9. Are We the World? Music Videos, Superstars, and Mega-Events

Early Music Television: They Want Their MTV

Listening Guide 25: “Beat It”

Superstars: The Road to Economic Recovery

Listening Guide 26: “Born in the U.S.A.”

Listening Guide 27: “Like a Virgin”

Charity Rock and Mega-Events: Who Is the World?

Chapter 10. Rap and Metal: The Voices of Youth Culture

The Continuing History of Heavy Metal

Listening Guide 28: “Jump”

Listening Guide 29: “. . . And Justice for All”

Hip Hop, Don’t Stop

Listening Guide 30: “Rock Box”

Listening Guide 31: “Ladies First”

Chapter 11. Repackaging Pop: The Changing Mainstream

Meet The New Boss…Bigger Than The Old Boss

Listening Guide 32: “. . . Baby One More Time”

From Indie Scenes To Alternative Nation

Listening Guide 33: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Country Into Pop

The Latin Boom And Beyond

Listening Guide 34: “Livin’ La Vida Loca”

Black Music At The Base

Listening Guide 35: “I’ll Be Missing You”

Women On The Rise

Listening Guide 36: “Bad Romance”

Chapter 12. Changing Channels: Music And Media In The New Millennium

They Want Their Mp3

Popular Music, Power, And Protest After 9/11

Listening Guide 37: “Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue (The Angry American)”

Mixing Sound, Mashing Beats

Listening Guide 38: “Turn Me On”

Multimedia Stardom

The Future Of Music

Listening Guide 39: “Everything In Its Right Place”

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