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By Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman

Rock, state, pop, soul, funk, punk, folks, hip-hop, techno, grunge--it's all the following. In American well known song: The Rock Years, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman take readers on a desirable trip during the wealthy ancient and stylistic panorama of yankee rock. An abridged model of the authors' acclaimed American renowned song: From Minstrelsy to MTV, this quantity contains chapters 8-14 of the longer ebook in addition to new introductory and concluding chapters.
American renowned song: The Rock Years lines the improvement of rock from its roots within the mid-1940s to its present country within the twenty-first century, integrating in-depth discussions of the song itself with good assurance of the attendant ancient, social, and cultural conditions. It moves a stability among musical research and social context, displaying how rock and American tradition have always stimulated one another over the years. utilizing well-chosen examples, insightful commentaries, and an attractive writing type, the authors spotlight the contributions of numerous teams to the improvement of rock tune, clarify the results of developments in recording expertise, and chronicle the expansion of rock track as an undefined. The ebook is greater via a wealthy representation software; boxed inserts on major contributors, recordings, and interesting subject matters; and well-organized listening charts for recordings which are mentioned intimately within the textual content. Remarkably available, American renowned tune: The Rock Years is perfect for introductory classes within the historical past of rock and roll and should motivate readers to turn into extra severely conscious listeners of rock music.

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

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The group was “discovered” at a New York City nightclub by Gordon Jenkins, the managing director of Decca Records, and between 1950 and 1954 they placed eleven records in the Top 40. It is difficult to gauge what impact the Weavers might have had on pop music had they been allowed to sustain their early success. ) Decca Records, unwilling to withstand the heat, dropped their contract, and the Weavers never again appeared on the pop music charts. a. Leadbelly, 1889–1949), was the most successful of their recordings, reaching the Number One position on the pop charts in 1950.

By the early 1950s these pop stars had been joined by a younger generation of vocalists, who specialized in sentimental ballads, novelty numbers—cheerful, disposable songs that often resembled advertising jingles—and crooner-style cover versions of country and western and rhythm & blues hits. These vocalists were promoted to the expanding teenage audience. The musicians’ union recording ban of 1942–44—which had banned instrumentalists from recording but did not apply to even the most musically gifted vocalists—encouraged a number of big-band singers to begin recording under their own names, sometimes with choral accompaniment.

It too is a strophic song with three verse-chorus strophes; see the accompanying listening chart. The fact that both of these songs share this basic form illustrates how useful and flexible a formal conception the strophic song with verses and a chorus can be. The listening chart for “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie” is our first example of the fully detailed charts that will be presented regularly throughout this book to facilitate in-depth discussion of some particularly significant recordings. The reader is urged to refer to the chart to reinforce and supplement the discussion that follows, and also to use the chart as a visual aid when listening to the record.

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