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Encyclopedia of great popular song recordings. 2 vols.

Author: Steve Sullivan
Publisher: Blue Ridge Summit : Scarecrow Press Inc. 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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From John Philip Sousa to Green Day, from Scott Joplin to Kanye West, from Stephen Foster to Coldplay, ‘The encyclopedia of great popular song recordings’ covers the vast scope of its subject with virtually unprecedented breadth and depth. Approximately 1,000 key song recordings from 1889 to the present are explored in full, unveiling the stories behind the songs, the recordings, the performers, and the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Sullivan
ISBN: 9780810882959 0810882957
OCLC Number: 865468381
Awards: Winner of Library Journal Best Reference of 2013.
Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2014
Winner of Certificate of Merit in Historical Recorded Sound Research in Rock or Popular Music.
Description: 1200 pages
Contents: IntroductionCriteria for Song SelectionAbbreviationsSong Cycle #1, 1906-2004: Crazy BluesSong Cycle #2, 1897-2005: Down Home RagSong Cycle #3, 1890-2007: Sittin' on Top of the WorldSong Cycle #4, 1904-2004: Good Rockin' TonightSong Cycle #5, 1897-2006: JazznocracySong Cycle #6, 1893-2006: Hot Time In the Old Town Song Cycle #7, 1891-2007: Fascinating RhythmSong Cycle #8, 1895-2006: Let the Good Times RollSong Cycle #9, 1895-2008: Wasn't That a Time?Song Cycle #10, 1889-2009: Things to ComeBibliographyAlphabetical Song Index
Responsibility: Steve Sullivan.

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From John Philip Sousa to Green Day, from Scott Joplin to Kanye West, from Stephen Foster to Coldplay, ‘The encyclopedia of great popular song recordings’ covers the vast scope of its subject with virtually unprecedented breadth and depth. Approximately 1,000 key song recordings from 1889 to the present are explored in full, unveiling the stories behind the songs, the recordings, the performers, and the songwriters. Beginning the journey in the era of Victorian parlor balladry, brass bands, and ragtime with the advent of the record industry, readers witness the birth of the blues and the dawn of jazz in the 1910s and the emergence of country music on record and the shift from acoustic to electrical recording in the 1920s. The odyssey continues through the Swing Era of the 1930s; rhythm & blues, bluegrass, and bebop in the 1940s; the rock & roll revolution of the 1950s; modern soul, the British invasion, and the folk-rock movement of the 1960s; and finally into the modern era through the musical streams of disco, punk, grunge, hip-hop, and contemporary dance-pop. Sullivan, however, also takes critical detours by extending the coverage to genres neglected in pop music histories, from ethnic and world music, the gospel recording of both black and white artists, and lesser-known traditional folk tunes that reach back hundreds of years. This book is ideal for anyone who truly loves popular music in all of its glorious variety, and anyone wishing to learn more about the roots of virtually all the music we hear today. Popular music fans, as well as scholars of recording history and technology and students of the intersections between music and cultural history will all find this book to be informative and interesting.

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