Rockin' Out

Rockin' Out : Popular Music in the USA

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For undergraduate courses in the History of Popular Music, the History of Rock and Roll, American Popular Music and American Popular Song.Rockin' Out provides a comprehensive social history of popular music in the United States from the heyday of Tin Pan Alley to the current sounds of electronic dance music and teen pop, from the invention of the phonograph to the promise of the Internet. It offers an analysis and critique of the music itself and the conditions of its production and consumption. The text is organized chronologically and thematically around particular genres/styles of music and addresses such dimensions as race, class, gender, ethnicity, technology, copyright and the structure of the music industry as they affect the development of the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 200.7 x 256.5 x 20.3mm | 893.59g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130405981
  • 9780130405982

About Reebee Garofalo

Reebee Garofalo has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, since 1978. He is co-author of Rock 'n' Roll is Here to Pay (1977) and editor of Rockin' the Boat (1992). Garofalo serves on the Executive Committee of the US chapter of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and is a member of the editorial collective of the "Journal of Popular Music Studies" (JPMS). He has written numerous articles and lectured internationally on a broad range of subjects relating to popular music and the music industry. As a fan, musician, and educator, he is immersed in music, particularly its use as a community resource and an educational more

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"ROCKIN' OUT: Popular Music in the USA is a vital addition to the history of America's most popular product. Reebee Garofalo takes the reader from pop to rock 'n' roll through punk and rap, always careful to assign credit to African-American inspiration and pioneers. Everyone is here-performers, producers, engineers, salesmen, hucksters, and geniuses. If you want to know who put rock and roll in rock 'n' roll, and how and why it happened, read this book." - Julian Bond"Garofalo presents a fascinating account of American popular music-its evolution and exploitation by the music industry. While discussing the many forms that comprise this tradition, he explores the role of race, culture, class, technology, and profit in its production and mass marketing. The most comprehensive survey of post-World War II American popular music to date, ROCKIN' OUT is a book every popular music enthusiast must read." - -Portia K. Maultsby, Ethnomusicologist, Indiana University/Bloomington"ROCKIN' OUT is right on! Compelling, comprehensive, and complete, this book represents the history of popular music in the USA in a way that we've never seen before. Garofalo knows the artists, the audience, and the industry, and he tells their stories in original and insightful- ways. But he also connects popular music to the social world that gives it determinate shape, explaining how commercial forces, mass migration, urban life, and consumer culture have shaped the origins and evolution of the music we love. From Sinatra to Springsteen, from Motown to Madonna, from Tin Pan Alley to Tupac Shakur, Garofalo deftly mixes understanding and empathy with keen critical analysis..." - George Lipsitz, Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of California/San Diego, Author of TIME PASSAGESshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Definitions, Themes, and Issues. Into the Twentieth Century: Popular Music and Mass Culture. Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of a New Era. Marketing and the Politics of Race, Language, and Gender. Regulating Popular Music.1. Mass Technology and Popular Taste: The Tin Pan Alley Era. Sound Recording: From the Cylinder to the Disc. Tin Pan Alley Constructs the Mainstream Tradition. Commercial Broadcasting: A Very Private Enterprise. Hollywood Bolsters Tin Pan Alley.2. Blues and Country Music: Mass Media and the Construction of Race. Blues and Country: More Equal Than Separate. "Race" Music: The Popular Sounds of Black America. "Hillbilly": The Music of the White Working-Class. The Dissemination of Blues and Country: More Separate Than Equal. The Long Road Back for Records.3. "Good Rockin' Tonight": The Rise of Rhythm and Blues. The Publishers and the Broadcasters: ASCAP vs. BMI. Enter the Deejay: The Broadcasters vs. the AFM. From Big Bands to Solo Singers. The Major Labels Reclaim Country Music. The Independents Promote Rhythm and Blues. High Fidelity/Low Overhead. Television and the Suppression of FM Broadcasting. Independent Radio: Deejays in Your Face.4. Crossing Cultures: The Eruption of Rock 'n' Roll. Cultural Diversity: The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll. Structural Changes in the Music Industry. Sounds of the Cities. Doo Wop: The Intersection of Gospel, Jazz, and Pop. Rockabilly: The Country Strain.5. The Empire Strikes Back: The Reaction to Rock 'n' Roll. The Established Powers Fight Back. Schlock Rock: Enter the White Middle Class. The Official Attack of Rock 'n' Roll. Surf's Up!6. Popular Music and Political Culture: The Sixties. The Civil Rights Movement and Popular Music. The British Invasion Occupies the Pop Charts. Breaking the Sounds of Silence. Against the Grain: The Counterculture.7. Music vs. Markets: The Fragmentation of Pop. The Music Industry: A Sound Investment. Creativity and Commerce: Rock as Art. Sweeter Soul Music. Singer/Songwriters, Soft Rock Solutions, and More. Women's Music: The Feminist Alternative. From Country Rock to Southern Boogie. Mad with Power: Heavy Metal. All That Glitters Doesn't Sell Gold.8. Punk and Disco: The Poles of Pop. Punk vs. Disco. Punk: Rock as (White) Noise. Disco: The Rhythm without the Blues.9. Music Videos, Superstars, and Mega-Events: The Eighties. Early Music Television: They Want Their MTV. Superstars: The Road to Economic Recovery. Charity Rock and Mega-Events: Who Is the World? Technology and the New International Music Industry.10. Rap and Metal: Youth Culture and Censorship. The Continuing History of Heavy Metal. Hip Hop, Don't Stop. Popular Music and the Politics of Censorship.11. Alternative to What?: Packaging Pop in the Nineties Alternative as Mainstream. Packaging Popular Music. The Internet: An Alternative (to the) Music Industry.Bibliography. Index. Song more

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