American Popular Music: The Rock Years by Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman

By Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman

Rock, nation, pop, soul, funk, punk, people, hip-hop, techno, grunge--it's all right here. In American renowned song: The Rock Years, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman take readers on a desirable trip throughout the wealthy ancient and stylistic panorama of yank rock. An abridged model of the authors' acclaimed American well known song: From Minstrelsy to MTV, this quantity comprises chapters 8-14 of the longer publication in addition to new introductory and concluding chapters.
American well known tune: The Rock Years strains the improvement of rock from its roots within the mid-1940s to its present kingdom within the twenty-first century, integrating in-depth discussions of the track itself with stable insurance of the attendant old, social, and cultural situations. It moves a stability among musical research and social context, exhibiting how rock and American tradition have consistently inspired one another over the years. utilizing well-chosen examples, insightful commentaries, and an enticing writing variety, the authors spotlight the contributions of various teams to the improvement of rock tune, clarify the results of developments in recording expertise, and chronicle the expansion of rock tune as an undefined. The publication is more advantageous by way of a wealthy representation application; boxed inserts on major contributors, recordings, and fascinating themes; and well-organized listening charts for recordings which are mentioned intimately within the textual content. Remarkably available, American well known song: The Rock Years is perfect for introductory classes within the historical past of rock and roll and may inspire readers to turn into extra significantly acutely aware listeners of rock music.

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Larry Starr is at collage of Washington. Christopher Waterman is at UCLA.

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The market for rhythm & blues also expanded as a result of postwar prosperity—the income of the average black family tripled during the war—and a growing (though still small) white audience, whose musical conversion had been prepared by the swing era. This market was supported by a new generation of music publishers and independent record labels, such as Chess (Chicago), Aladdin (Los Angeles), Atlantic (New York), King (Cincinnati), Sun (Memphis), and Duke/Peacock (Houston). In addition, changes in the licensing of live and recorded music made it easier for country and western and rhythm & blues songwriters and music publishers to receive fees (“royalties”) when their compositions were broadcast over the radio, used in movies and television shows, or performed live.

Leadbelly, 1889–1949), was the most successful of their recordings, reaching the Number One position on the pop charts in 1950. Of course, this is not folk music in any strict sense. On “Goodnight Irene” the Weavers were accompanied by the orchestral arrangement of Gordon Jenkins, who also worked with Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, and other pop stars. Despite their folksy informality, “Goodnight Irene” and the Weavers’ other hits are pop records, through and through. They helped to define a niche in the popular market for folk-based popular music, including the later work of the Kingston Trio; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and Bob Dylan.

Interestingly, although the long-playing disc opened the possibility of longer uninterrupted recordings—a great advantage for fans of classical music and Broadway musicals—most pop music LPs were “albums” of three-minute performances. m. phonograph records—had long since become a musical habit. To this day, many pop music recordings are no longer than four minutes in length. m. single. m. discs in overall recording time, required a special mechanical record changer that fit the large hole at the center of the disc.

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