edited by Timothy E. Scheurer
University of Wisconsin Press, 1989
Paper: 978-0-87972-466-5 | Cloth: 978-0-87972-465-8
Library of Congress Classification ML3477.A45 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 781.640973

Beginning with the emergence of commercial American music in the nineteenth century, Volume 1 includes essays on the major performers, composers, media, and movements that shaped our musical culture before rock and roll. Articles explore the theoretical dimensions of popular music studies; the music of the nineteenth century; and the role of black Americans in the evolution of popular music. Also included—the music of Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, swing, the blues, the influences of W. S. Gilbert and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and changes in lyric writing styles from the nineteenth century to the rock era.