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Music in the age of anxiety : American music in the fifties

Author: James Eugene Wierzbicki
Publisher: Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield : University of Illinois Press, 2016.
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Derided for its conformity and consumerism, 1950s America paid a price in anxiety. Prosperity existed under the shadow of a mushroom cloud. Optimism wore a Bucky Beaver smile that masked worry over threats at home and abroad. But even dread could not quell the revolutionary changes taking place in virtually every form of mainstream music. Music historian James Wierzbicki sheds light on how the Fifties' pervasive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Eugene Wierzbicki
ISBN: 9780252040078 0252040074 9780252081569 0252081560
OCLC Number: 921425261
Description: x, 288 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The pop music mainstream --
Rock 'n' roll --
Jazz --
Hollywood --
Broadway --
Opera --
The classical music mainstream --
Modernists --
Mavericks.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: James Wierzbicki.

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"Derided for its conformity and consumerism, 1950s America paid a price in anxiety. Prosperity existed under the shadow of a mushroom cloud. Optimism wore a Bucky Beaver smile that masked worry over threats at home and abroad. But even dread could not quell the revolutionary changes taking place in virtually every form of mainstream music. Music historian James Wierzbicki sheds light on how the Fifties' pervasive moods affected its sounds. Moving across genres established--pop, country, opera--and transfigured--experimental, rock, jazz--Wierzbicki delves into the social dynamics that caused forms to emerge or recede, thrive or fade away. Red scares and white flight, sexual politics and racial tensions, technological progress and demographic upheaval--the influence of each rooted the music of this volatile period to its specific place and time. Yet Wierzbicki also reveals the host of underlying connections linking that most apprehensive of times to our own uneasy present." -- Publisher's description

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