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American Popular Music: Folk [Hardcover]

Richard Carlin , Ronald D. Cohen


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Book Description

April 2012 0816079218 978-0816079216 2
American popular music reflects a rich cultural diversity. From Aaron Copland to Miles Davis to Elvis Presley to Muddy Waters, the United States has produced some of the most influential and beloved musicians and performers of the 20th century. The blues, jazz, and rock and roll - musical genres loved around the world - were born here, and American composers, producers, singers, and songwriters have crafted a unique heritage in other genres such as classical and folk. "American Popular Music", a new eight-volume set, celebrates American music by presenting a wealth of information on seven major musical branches. Each comprehensive book provides the perfect, one-stop starting point for research in each musical field. Between 300 and 500 entries in each volume cover key personalities, landmark performances and recordings, hit songs and experimental compositions, important publications, musical instruments, styles of music, social and historical issues, organizations and schools, record companies, and much more. Together, the volumes comprise a panoramic depiction of American music and the influential threads that weave among the different musical genres. Written by experts for students and enthusiasts, "American Popular Music" is an essential resource for the study and appreciation of American music. A seven-member editorial board of expert advisers includes top academics who are also performing musicians, producers, and songwriters, including a Grammy nominee and an internationally recognized composer. Each book includes 40 to 60 photographs, a glossary, a discography of recommended listening, a chronology, and an index. The eighth volume, included for free with the purchase of the complete seven-volume set, is a comprehensive index that allows readers to easily locate musical terms, musicians, songs, and more throughout the entire set. "American Popular Music" is a must-have resource not only for students researching music but also for those interested in social movements, cultural history, geography, technology, the growth of broadcast and recorded media, ethnography and anthropology, and many other topics.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Grade 9 Up-A set comprised of volumes entitled Blues; Classical; Country; Folk; Jazz; Rhythm & Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop; and Rock and Roll and a comprehensive index. The surprising inclusion of a volume on classical music is explained in the preface, which defines popular music as any music that attracts a reasonably large audience. This is also the likely explanation for the numerous British and Irish performers found in Folk. In addition to articles on musicians and instruments, entries on songs, organizations and publications, important recordings, record companies, performance venues, and social/political issues are included. Many of the profiles on individuals deal only with their careers during the height of their popularity and ignore or dismiss their later accomplishments; some are not up-to-date. Occasional entries (Banjo, five-string, Mandolin) appear in more than one volume with slight variations. Black-and-white portraits are found throughout the set. The index is particularly helpful. Each volume concludes with a series of appendixes: a chronology; an annotated list of selected recordings or recommended listening; a list of suggested DVDs and videos; a glossary; and more. This set will be useful as a starting point for research, but libraries owning H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie-™s The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Oxford Univ., 1986), Theodore Baker-™s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Best Bks., 2001), or Colin Larkin-™s The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Groves Dictionaries of Music, 1998) will not find it a necessary addition.-Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard Carlin is the author of several books on music, including Southern Exposure, The Big Book of Country Music, Classical Music: An Informal Guide, and the five-volume Worlds of Music. He has also served as Advisory Editor on Country Music for the American National Biography. He lives in New Jersey. Ronald D. Cohen, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Northwest, has written extensively on the folk music revival. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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