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American Popular Music

The Rock Years

Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman

Publication Date - October 2005

ISBN: 9780195300529

360 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $69.95

Rock, country, pop, soul, funk, punk, folk, hip-hop, techno, grunge--it's all here.


Rock, country, pop, soul, funk, punk, folk, hip-hop, techno, grunge--it's all here. In American Popular Music: The Rock Years, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman take readers on a fascinating journey through the rich historical and stylistic landscape of American rock. An abridged version of the authors' acclaimed American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV, this volume includes chapters 8-14 of the longer book along with new introductory and concluding chapters.
American Popular Music: The Rock Years traces the development of rock from its roots in the mid-1940s to its current state in the twenty-first century, integrating in-depth discussions of the music itself with solid coverage of the attendant historical, social, and cultural circumstances. It strikes a balance between musical analysis and social context, showing how rock and American culture have continuously influenced each other over time. Using well-chosen examples, insightful commentaries, and an engaging writing style, the authors highlight the contributions of diverse groups to the development of rock music, explain the effects of advancements in recording technology, and chronicle the growth of rock music as an industry. The book is enhanced by a rich illustration program; boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and intriguing topics; and well-organized listening charts for recordings that are discussed in detail in the text. Remarkably accessible, American Popular Music: The Rock Years is ideal for introductory courses in the history of rock and roll and will encourage readers to become more critically aware listeners of rock music.

Table of Contents

    Lyric Credits
    1. Themes and Streams of American Popular Music
    Theme One: Listening
    Theme Two: Music and Identity
    Theme Three: Music and Technology
    Theme Four: The Music Business
    Theme Five: Centers and Peripheries
    Streams of Tradition: The Sources of Popular Music
    2. "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie": The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll, 1945-1955
    Popular Music and Technology in the Postwar Era
    Pop Crooners
    Urban Folk Music: The Weavers
    Southern Music in the Postwar Era
    Rhythm & Blues
    Women in R&B: Ruth Brown and Big Mama Thornton
    Country and Western Music
    Hank Williams
    3. "Rock around the Clock": Rock n' Roll, 1954-1959
    Cover Versions and Early Rock 'n' Roll
    The Rock 'n' Roll Business
    Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the R&B Side
    Early Rock 'n' Roll Stars on the Country Side
    Songwriters and Producers of Early Rock 'n' Roll
    4. "Good Vibrations": American Pop and the British Invasion, 1960s
    The Early 1960s: Dance Music and "Teenage Symphonies"
    The Beatles, the British Invasion, and the American Response
    5. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag": Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock, 1960s
    Patsy Cline and the Nashville Sound
    Ray Charles and Soul Music
    James Brown and Aretha Franklin
    Urban Folk Music in the 1960s: Bob Dylan
    The Counterculture and Psychedelic Rock
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    San Francisco Rock: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead
    Guitar Heroes: Hendrix and Clapton
    6. The 1970s: Rock Music and the Popular Mainstream
    Country Music and the Pop Mainstream
    A 1970s Jukebox: Some Characteristic Sounds of the Decade
    Rock Comes of Age
    7. Outsiders' Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Punk, Funk, and Disco, 1970s
    The Outlaws: Progressive Country Music
    "I Shot the Sheriff": The Rise of Reggae
    "Psycho Killer": 1970s Punk and New Wave
    "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker": Funk Music
    "Night Fever": The Rise of Disco
    8. The 1980s: Digital Technology, MTV, and the Popular Mainstream
    Digital Technology and Popular Music
    A 1980s CD Changer
    A Tale of Three Albums
    "Baby I'm a Star": Prince, Madonna, and the Production of Celebrity
    9. "Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Business
    "Droppin' Science": Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music
    Techno: Dance Music in the Digital Age
    Alternate Currents
    10. Conclusion
    Music and Identity
    Technology and the Music Business
    Centers and Peripheries