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The ballad in American popular music : from Elvis to Beyoncé

Author: David Joel Metzer
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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While ballads have been a cornerstone of popular music for decades, this is the first book to explore the history and appeal of these treasured songs. David Metzer investigates how and why the styles of ballads have changed over a period of more than seventy years, offering a definition of the genre and discussing the influences of celebrated performers including Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Elvis Presley; Beyoncé; Beyoncé; Elvis Presley
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Joel Metzer
ISBN: 9781108524643 1108524648 1108523153 9781108523158
OCLC Number: 1003855444
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 233 pages)
Contents: 'Cover '; 'Half-title page'; 'Title page'; 'Copyright page'; 'Dedication'; 'Contents'; 'Acknowledgments'; 'Introduction: What Is a Ballad?'; 'Chapter 1 The 1950s'; 'Interlude I: Patsy Cline, "Crazy"'; 'Chapter 2 The Soul Ballad'; 'Interlude II: It Still Hurtsâ ... 'Chapter 3 The Power Ballad'; 'Interlude III: Sarah McLachlan, "Angel"; 'Interlude IV: Hip Hop Ballads'; 'Chapter 4 Indie Ballads'; 'Interlude V: I Confess'; 'Conclusion: Goodbye'; 'Select Bibliography'
Responsibility: David Metzer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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The first book to explore the history of the ballad in recent American music and the genre's role in American emotional life. Covering stylistic changes over several decades and major performers  Read more...

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