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This text provides an overview of the four major areas of American contemporary music: jazz, rock, country, and musical theater. Each genre is approached chronologically with the emphasis on the socio-cultural aspects of the music. Readers will appreciate Joyner's engaging writing style and come away with the fundamental skills needed to listen critically to a variety of popular music styles.
Table of contents
Part I Tin Pan Alley and the Theater Chapter 1 Tin Pan Alley and American Popular Song Chapter 2 American Musical TheaterPart II The African-American Tradition Chapter 3 African Origins and Acculturation in the New World Chapter 4 Early Commercialization of African-American Music Chapter 5 American Blues Traditions Chapter 6 Jazz in New Orleans and Chicago Chapter 7 Jazz Pioneers in Chicago Chapter 8 Big Bands and the Swing Years Chapter 9 Popular Styles in Jazz Since the Swing EraPart III Country Music and the Anglo-American TraditionChapter 10 The Folk Origins of Country MusicChapter 11 Early Commercialization of Country MusicChapter 12 Country Meets WesternChapter 13 Nashville Becomes Music City, U.S.A.Chapter 14 From Bluegrass to Young CountryPart IV Rock and the Gathering of America’s Music Chapter 15 The Origins and Development of Early Rock Chapter 16 Fifties Pop and Folk Rock Chapter 17 The British Invasion Chapter 18 Psychedelic Rock and Roots Revivalists Chapter 19 Gospel, Soul, and Motown Chapter 20 From Progressive Rock to Reggae in the Seventies Chapter 21 Hard and Soft Rock in the Seventies Chapter 22 New Heights and High Tech in the Eighties Chapter 23 Many Sounds From Many Places in the NinetiesChapter 24 Music in a New Millenium