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Sweet air : modernism, regionalism, and American popular song

Author: Edward P Comentale
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2013]
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sweet Air rewrites the history of early twentieth-century pop music in modernist terms. Tracking the evolution of popular regional genres such as blues, country, folk, and rockabilly in relation to the growth of industry and consumer culture, Edward P. Comentale shows how this music became a vital means of exploring the new and often overwhelming feelings brought on by modern life. Comentale examines these rural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward P Comentale
ISBN: 9780252078927 0252078926 9780252037399 0252037391
OCLC Number: 814455404
Description: xii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: From a basement on Long Island to a mansion on the hill --
1. Lord, it just won't stop! Work and blues in the industrial delta --
2. Thought I had your heart forever: death, detachment, and the modernity of early country music --
3. A rambling funny streak: Woody Guthrie, revoutionary folk song, and the migrant art of the refrain --
4. Four Elvises: on the Dada possibilities of midcentury rock and roll and modern fan culture --
5. () --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Edward P. Comentale.

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