That American Rag!: The Story of Ragtime in the United States

That American Rag!: The Story of Ragtime in the United States

by David A. Jasen, Gene Jones

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The joyous syncopation of ragtime is the perfect cultural symbol of our sassy nation jubilantly entering the new century 100 years ago. Although some may regard it as simply one more step on the road that led to jazz, the music has endured. At its best, ragtime is an example of America's strengths--the inherent optimism, the mingling of diverse cultures, and the democracy of its very appeal. Jansen and Jones cover the period from the first published rag in 1897 to 1980, when ragtime's emphasis shifted from printed music to recordings, but the greatest coverage is given to the first 20 years--leading up to the birth of jazz. The publishers, composers, and rags from six regions of the country are featured, and four appendixes list the composers' place of birth, their pseudonyms and stage names, ragtime publication by state, and a checklist of over 2000 rags. While this is not an essential purchase for most public libraries, it would be a welcome addition to any music collection.--Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Jasen (communications, Long Island U.) and actor and music historian Jones begin in 1899 when Scott Joplin approached a music publisher with a tune rather like a march but with a lilting melody and a syncopated beat. Their account of the genre is chronological within regions: Missouri, middle American, the south, the west, the northeast, and New York City. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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