King of Ragtime

King of Ragtime

4.06 (48 ratings by Goodreads)

List price: US$35.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


In 1974, the academy award-winning film The Sting brought back the music of Scott Joplin, a black ragtime composer who died in 1917. Led by "The Entertainer, " one of the most popular pieces of the mid-1970s, a revival of his music resulted in events unprecedented in American musical history. Never before had any composer's music been so acclaimed by both the popular and classical music worlds. While reaching a "Top Ten" position in the pop charts, Joplin's music was also being performed in classical recitals and setting new heights for sales of classical records. His opera Treemonisha was performed both in opera houses and on Broadway. Edward A. Berlin's King of Ragtime redefines the Scott Joplin biography. Author of the widely acclaimed Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History, Berlin uses the skills of a trained musicologist to uncover a vast amount of new information about Joplin. His biography truly documents the story of the composer, replacing the myths and unsupported anecdotes of previous histories. We see a new and more realistic Scott Joplin, one with human frailties as well as greatness. Berlin paints a vivid picture of the ragtime years, placing Scott Joplin's story in its historical context. The composer emerges as a representative of the first post-Civil War generation of African Americans, of the men and women who found in the world of entertainment a way out of poverty and lowly social status. King of Ragtime recreates the excitement of these pioneers who dreamed of greatness as they sought to overcome the limits society placed upon their more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 26mm | 539.77g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0195101081
  • 9780195101089
  • 1,672,351

Review quote

"The most accurate and informative Joplin biography."--Time "What a scrupulous historian and musicologist Mr. Berlin is, rigorously sorting through the facts of Joplin's life and era....The history of popular music needs this."--The New York Times "Not only was no stone left unturned [by Berlin], but very few pebbles are left for other scholars to pick up."--San Francisco Chronicleshow more

About Well-Known Freelance Speaker and Writer in the Ragtime World Edward A Berlin

Edward A. Berlin, who has a Ph.D. in musicology, is a major speaker and writer in today's ragtime world. His book Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History is the most widely cited study of the subject, and his monograph Reflections and Research on Ragtime (1987) is winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor more

Rating details

48 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 44% (21)
4 27% (13)
3 21% (10)
2 8% (4)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X