This concise yet lively textbook explores the history and significance of American popular music from Tin Pan Alley to Public Enemy.
Ethnomusicologist Eric Charry provides a strong foundation for understanding how music, the music industry, and American culture intersect. His innovative teaching style presents the material in a dynamic format suitable for general education courses in music. The book is organized around a series of timelines, tables, and figures, providing fresh perspectives on the social and cultural importance of the music.
Charry lays out key contemporary theoretical issues, covers the technical foundations of the music industry, and provides a capsule history of who did what when, with particular emphasis on the rapid emergence of distinct genres and subgenres. The book’s figures distill the history and provide new insight into understanding trends.
Over a thousand artists, albums, and songs are covered, such as Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Madonna, Talking Heads, and many more.