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  Britain.tv Wikipedia - American popular music
Distinctive styles of American popular music began to emerge early in the 19th century, and in the 20th century the American music industry developed a series of new forms of music, using elements of blues and other genres of American folk music.
In 1935, swing music became popular with the public and quickly replaced jazz as the most popular type of music (although their was some resistance to it at first).
By the end of the 1960s, two developments had completely changed popular music: the birth of a counterculture, which explicitly opposed mainstream music, often in tandem with political and social activism, and the shift from professional composers to performers who were both singers and songwriters.
www.britain.tv /wikipedia.php?title=American_popular_music   (7700 words)

  
 The Dead Zone of American Popular Music
Rock and Roll of the 50's is a good example of this phenomenon as is the music of the 90's which is reflective of the increasingly violent and frustrating environment we live in.
Likewise, music of the 60's reflected the turbulent period during which the Vietnam war, drugs, the sexual revolution and other social issues were uppermost in people's minds.
American popular music would have developed without that influence and may sound very different today than it did with the incorporation of that other cultural influence.
parlorsongs.com /insearch/deadzone/deadzone.asp   (1577 words)

  
 American popular music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paul Whiteman was the most popular bandleader of the 1920s, and claimed for himself the title "The King of Jazz." Despite his hiring Bix Beiderbecke and many of the other best white jazz musicians of the era, later generations of jazz lovers have often judged Whiteman's music to have little to do with real jazz.
Perhaps the most important change in the 1990s in American popular music was the rise of alternative rock through the popularity of grunge.
Beginning as early as the extravaganzas of the late 19th century, American popular music has been criticized for being too sexually titillating and for encouraging violence, drug abuse and generally immoral behavior.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_popular_music   (8816 words)

  
 In Search of Native American Music
In this month's issue you saw that the music of Tin Pan Alley during the early 20th century produced a number of songs that were represented as "Indian" songs or implied that the music was "an Indian lament, rhapsody" or some other Indian song.
Much of the music published by Tin Pan Alley that carried Indian themes was similar to "Golden Arrow", a song by Egbert Van Alstyne with Lyrics by Harry Williams, (cover by Starmer) both very successful and popular writers of the early 20th century.
Musically, as we have said, the music from all of the Tin Pan Alley songs were deeply rooted in the Euro-American tradition.
parlorsongs.com /insearch/amerindian/amerindian0.asp   (3189 words)

  
 Archive of Popular American Music
The Archive of Popular American Music is a non-circulating research collection covering the history of popular music in America from 1790 to the present.
The collection is one of the largest in the country, numbering almost 450,000 pieces of sheet music, anthologies, and arrangements for band and orchestra, and 62,500 recordings on disc, tape, and cylinder.
During the initial phase the focus is on one of the particular strengths of the APAM collections: music of the early twentieth century.
unitproj1.library.ucla.edu /music/mlsc/apam.cfm   (1113 words)

  
 Music of the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The music of the United States can be characterized by the use of syncopation and asymmetrical rhythms, long, irregular melodies, which are said to "reflect the wide open geography of (the American landscape)" and the "sense of personal freedom characteristic of American life".
Instead, the music of the United States is that of dozens or hundreds of indigenous and immigrant groups, all of which developed largely in regional isolation until the American Civil War, when people from across the country were brought together in army units, trading musical styles and practices.
American ethnic, religious and racial diversity has also produced such intermingled genres as the French-African music of the Louisiana Creoles, the Native, Mexican and European fusion Tejano music and the thoroughly hybridized slack-key guitar and other styles of modern Hawaiian music.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Music_of_the_United_States   (8390 words)

  
 foldedspace.org: American Popular Music
Though much of the song is reminscent of popular music from the twenties (the melody, especially), the overall feel of the song (especially the instrumentation) is more typical of the early fifties, in my opinion.
Popular music was being churned out by the hacks of Tin Pan Alley.
Popular artists of this period include Rudy Vallee, Paul Whiteman (and his orchestra), and Helen Kane (the Betty Boop girl).
www.foldedspace.org /archives/004324.html   (1538 words)

  
 American Popular Music 1900 to 1950
Froggies Novelty Song Lyrics Collection of the lyrics of the greatest novelty songs enjoying popularity in the United States of America during the first third of the twentieth century as transcribed from period phonograph recordings.
The Apollo in Harlem Music in Harlem in the 1920's and 30's is considered the soul of fl music.
Burlesque The musical theatre at the turn of the century.
kclibrary.nhmccd.edu /music-2.html   (1575 words)

  
 Popular Culture: from Baseball to Rock and Roll (John Bull and Uncle Sam)
American influence in areas of mass popular entertainment increased after World War II and led some observers, who also noted the influx of many features of American consumerism -- such as fast food, supermarkets, and household appliances -- to comment, sometimes negatively, on the "Americanization" of Britain.
Although the dominance of American rock and roll music was the most conspicuous feature of the British pop culture scene in the years after World War II, the long tradition of British performers thriving in the United States continued both before and after war as did the favorable reception of their American counterparts in Britain.
The influence of American music is shown by British teenagers dancing on the "rock 'n' roll railroad car," a youth club run by the Reverend John Oates, who played the bass in his clerical robes.
www.loc.gov /exhibits/british/brit-7.html   (3380 words)

  
 A History of Latin-American Popular Music
While not as popular as the popular music of the USA (also born out of the integration of European music and African music), Latin American genres shares the same characters that made it a universal koine'.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Cuba's main music was the "son", a fusion of Spanish popular music and the African rhythm rumba (first mentioned in 1928 and probably related to the Santeria religion).
Also during the 1930s, the dance academia of Pierre and Doris Lavelle popularized Latin dancing in Britain (it was Pierre Lavelle who codified the moves of the rumba in 1955 and the moves of the samba in 1956).
www.scaruffi.com /history/latin.html   (3859 words)

  
 Department of Foreign Languages, Salem State College: Jon Aske
Latin American music is extremely rich and varied, encompassing different traditions from Mexico, Central America, South America (Spanish-speaking countries and Portuguese-speaking Brazil, among others), and the Caribbean (Spanish-speaking Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as French influenced Haiti, and the British Caribbean, most notably Jamaica).
Musical genre invented by PĂ©rez Prado which was very popular in the 1950's, before competition came from the bossa-nova and the Cha cha cha.
The vallenato is accordion-based music of the valleys of eastern Colombia.
www.lrc.salemstate.edu /aske/latmusic.htm   (5860 words)

  
 Music in American Popular Culture
It is a product of its time, when integrated musicals were first coming into vogue, and when sexual politics were in flux; and of its place, since its form is distinctly American.
This shift increased “interest and scope while supporting differentiation of character/mood and moving toward dramatic/musical integrity.” In musical comedies and operettas, the songs were not only there to show off the singers’ voices and entertain the audience; now, a song could illuminate a character, and his realizations, aspirations, and perceptions.
It is the most-produced American musical in light opera houses around the world, and barely a summer-stock, high school, or college theatrical experience would be complete without a performance.
www.americanpopularculture.com /music.htm   (3224 words)

  
 Amazon.com: American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV: Books: Larry Starr,Christopher Alan Waterman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV is a well-crafted book for use in the classroom or elsewhere.
American Popular Music is a book that is easy to read and is very useful when wanting to learn more about Music History.
Obviously, racism is a central issue American popular music and deserves a healthy focus.
www.amazon.com /American-Popular-Music-Minstrelsy-MTV/dp/019510854X   (1610 words)

  
 Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University
The Center for Popular Music is an archive and research center devoted to the study of American popular music from the pre-revolutionary era to the present.
It was established in 1985 as one of the sixteen Centers of Excellence at universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
The Center's mission is to promote research and scholarship in American vernacular music, and to foster an understanding and appreciation of American's diverse musical culture.
popmusic.mtsu.edu   (182 words)

  
 Latin American Popular Music Ensemble
X414-Latin American Music Ensemble is conceived as a creative workshop in the context of ensemble practice.
The course explores original Latin American genres and their corresponding performance practices through the arranging and performance of masterpieces from both the popular and artistic repertoire.
As X450- Chamber Music Requirement: The student can request the Chamber Music Coordinator (Ik-Hwan Bae) to assign him/her to be coached by the Director of the Latin American Ensemble in the preparation of Latin American chamber music.
www.music.indiana.edu /som/lamc/ensemble/X414.htm   (376 words)

  
 Popular Songs in American History
The music may not be availble for a period of time while this is being done.
These are songs that are American in subject or origin, or found in American songbooks.
During the era of sailing ships, sea shanties were universal, so many of the work shanteys which were not specifically American in origin or topic, but sung on American ships, are not here and can be found on the Songs of the Sea page.
www.contemplator.com /america   (371 words)

  
 Music Research Resources: American Popular - Berry College Memorial Library
United States Music: sources of bibliography and collective biography Reference Collection REF ML120.U5 J2 Women in American Music: a bibliography of music and literature Reference Collection REF ML128.W7 B6 Women in American Music: a bibliography Reference Collection REF ML128.W7 S6
Popular Singers of the twentieth century: a bibliography of biographical materials Reference Collection REF ML128.S295 C72 1999
American Popular Songs from the Revolutionary War to the Present Reference Collection REF ML128.N3 E9 Entertainment Awards: A Music, Cinema, theatre, and broadcasting reference, 1928 – 1993 Reference Collection REF PN2270.A93 F68 1996
www.berry.edu /library/temp/subguide/musicamerican.asp   (856 words)

  
 Public Domain Music Sequenced by Benjamin Robert Tubb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Public Domain Music Sequenced by Benjamin Robert Tubb
Copyrighted MIDI files, and text files of their lyrics, created by Benjamin Robert Tubb
based on original sheet music sources in the public domain
www.pdmusic.org   (32 words)

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