Popular music in America: the beat goes on

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Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2006 - Music - 417 pages
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This refreshingly current, best-selling text provides a highly readable, chronological examination of the roots and history of American popular music, from 1840 to the present. The focus is on the development of style-oriented listening skills; 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. This refreshingly current, best-selling text provides a highly readable, chronological examination of American popular music's roots and history, from 1840 to the present. The focus is on basic music fundamentals as well as the elements of each style; the heritage and diversity of popular music; the underlying kinship among its many styles; and different styles' movement from "outsider" to "mainstream" status. The text's opening chapter introduces students to the elements of popular music through two familiar musical examples. The text is available with an exclusive, high-quality 3-CD set that contains a variety of recordings from the early twentieth century to the present. Each selection discussed in depth in the text is available on the CD set. When packaged with the text, the CDs are available at a substantial discount.

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Contents

TRACK PAGE
CHAPTEH
Defining the Sounds 3
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

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 has presented papers on Cole Porter, the evolution of popular music, and the search for the first rock-and-roll record and has contributed articles on Cole Porter and Harold Arlen for a forthcoming book on popular song. Campbell is the author of two music texts--POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA: THE BEAT GOES ON and ROCK AND ROLL: AN INTRODUCTION, coauthored by James Brody. For many years, Campbell taught at Western Illinois University. He now lives in Rhode Island, where he devotes his time to conducting research, writing, and teaching online courses.

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