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

By Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman

ISBN-10: 0195300521

ISBN-13: 9780195300529

Rock, nation, pop, soul, funk, punk, folks, hip-hop, techno, grunge--it's all right here. In American well known tune: 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 booklet in addition to new introductory and concluding chapters.
American renowned track: The Rock Years lines the advance of rock from its roots within the mid-1940s to its present country within the twenty-first century, integrating in-depth discussions of the tune itself with good insurance 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 constantly motivated one another through the years. utilizing well-chosen examples, insightful commentaries, and an enticing writing type, the authors spotlight the contributions of numerous teams to the improvement of rock track, clarify the consequences of developments in recording expertise, and chronicle the expansion of rock tune as an undefined. The ebook is stronger by means of a wealthy representation software; boxed inserts on major members, recordings, and fascinating issues; and well-organized listening charts for recordings which are mentioned intimately within the textual content. Remarkably obtainable, American renowned song: The Rock Years is perfect for introductory classes within the background of rock and roll and may motivate readers to turn into extra significantly conscious listeners of rock music.

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

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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. 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.

Yet, only a few years after the initial burst of public interest in this music, some of its best-known practitioners were being persecuted for their political beliefs. And the record industry really didn’t know what to do with urban folk music. Was it “folk music”? Or “country and western”? Or perhaps “novelty music”? The first urban folk group to achieve commercial success was the Weavers, a quartet led by the singer, banjo player, and political activist Pete Seeger (b. 1919). The Weavers developed a repertoire based on American and international folk songs “CHOO CHOO CH’ BOOGIE”: THE PREHISTORY OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL, 1945–1955 Leadbelly, the composer of “Goodnight Irene,” and the Weavers (Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, Ronnie Gilbert).

The two best-known Mexicanderived styles today are conjunto acordeon (“accordion band”) music, played in northern Mexico and Texas, and mariachi music, a staple of the Mexican tourist trade, performed by ensembles made up of guitars, violins, and trumpets. Country and western music has been influenced by Mexican styles since at least the 1930s. Mexican immigrants in California (Chicanos) have also played an important role in the development of rock music. This continuing influence is exemplified by Ritchie Valens’s 1959 hit “La Bamba,” based on a folk tune from Veracruz; the mixture of salsa and guitar-based rock music developed in the late 1960s by the guitarist Carlos Santana; recordings of traditional Mexican songs by Linda Ronstadt; and the hard-rocking style of the Los Angeles–based band Los Lobos.

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