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Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music

Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music

Why do some music styles gain mass popularity while others thrive in small niches? Banding Together explores this question and reveals the attributes that together explain the growth of twentieth-century American popular music. Drawing on a vast array of examples from sixty musical styles–ranging from rap and bluegrass to death metal and South Texas polka, and including several created outside the United States–Jennifer Lena uncovers the shared grammar that allows us to understand the cultural language and evolution of popular music. What are the common economic, organizational, ideological, and aesthetic traits among contemporary genres? Do genres follow patterns in their development? Lena discovers four dominant forms–Avant-garde, Scen

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The Bee Gees: An entry from SJP’s St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

The Bee Gees: An entry from SJP’s St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

This digital document is an article from St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. The length of the article is 161 words. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser. Signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and textual cross-references to related essays.

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Genesis and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

Genesis and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series)

In 1974, the British progressive rock group Genesis released their double concept album “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, now widely regarded as a classic album of 1970s progressive rock. The story was described by Genesis’ then front-man Peter Gabriel as a ‘moral fable’ about a half-Puerto-Rican street tough from New York City named Rael, who is engulfed by a solid cloud into a series of strange adventures in a metaphysical realm. This album has inspired nearly fanatical devotion among progressive rock fans, some of whom have constructed elaborate web sites purporting to ‘explain’ “The Lamb”. The album is a surreal allegory drawing its material from religious, literary and psychological themes. More than thirty years after its release, “Th

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Popular Hits For Violin – Instrumental Play-Along Cd/Pkg (Popular Hits Play Along)

Popular Hits For Violin – Instrumental Play-Along Cd/Pkg (Popular Hits Play Along)

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Popular Hits For Clarinet – Instrumental Play-Along Cd/Pkg (Hal Leonard Instrumental Play-Along)

Popular Hits For Clarinet – Instrumental Play-Along Cd/Pkg (Hal Leonard Instrumental Play-Along)

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Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

This collection of incisive articles gives a leading team of international philosophers a free kick toward exploring the complex and often hidden contours of the world of soccer. What does it really mean to be a fan (and why should we count Aristotle as one)? Why do great players such as Cristiano Ronaldo count as great artists (up there alongside Picasso, one author argues)? From the ethics of refereeing to the metaphysics of bent (like Beckham) space-time, this book shows soccer fans and philosophy buffs alike new ways to appreciate and understand the world’s favorite sport.

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The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information about America’s Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009 Reviews

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information about America’s Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009

The Essential Reference Guide to America’s Most Popular Songs and Artists Spanning More than Fifty Years of Music
 
Beginning with Bill Haley & His Comets’ seminal “Rock Around the Clock” all the way up to Lady Gaga and her glammed-out “Poker face,” this updated and unparalleled resource contains the most complete chart information on every artist and song to hit Billboard’s Top 40 pop singles chart all the way back to 1955. Inside, you’ll find all of the biggest-selling, most-played hits for the past six decades. Each alphabetized artist entry includes biographical info, the date their single reached the Top 40, the song’s highest position, and the number of weeks on the charts, as well as the original record label

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The Beatles, Boy George, and Susan Boyle: An historical-interpretive approach to three British “invasions” of American popular music from 1964 to 2009.

The Beatles, Boy George, and Susan Boyle: An historical-interpretive approach to three British “invasions” of American popular music from 1964 to 2009.

From 2006 to 2009, British popular music flourished in America, prompting some in the British and American media to declare this as the “third” British Invasion. In order to evaluate this assertion, this latest cycle of success was compared to the two previous British popular music invasions of the 1960s and 1980s. As there has been little scholarship devoted to understanding this more recent period, the purpose of this study was to establish how significant this latest era of British popular music success has been and in what ways its characteristics are similar to or different from the two previous British Invasions. This was partly achieved by comparing the more recent cycle of success with previous cycles through examination of both pri

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Absolute Madonna (Hugely Popular Absolute Series)

Absolute Madonna (Hugely Popular Absolute Series)

The world’s most famous woman makes yet another stylish return. After what seems like hundreds of singles and albums, Madonna is back on top, where she has taken up near-permanent residency. This interview disc reveals the secrets to her success, straight from Madonna herself.

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Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s

Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s

Wedged between the idealism and activism of the 1960s and the avarice of the 1980s, the 1970s tend to be allocated a slender role in American cultural and social history. Only now have scholars begun to examine the suspect decade—perhaps in part because it has seemed too close, at least for many who lived through it, and in part because cultural critics have rendered it synonymous with cultural stagnation and overall frivolity. Ironically, in everything from retro fashion to interior design to music, American culture today is heavily influenced by this decade so routinely scorned by the academy. Proceeding from the idea that the preoccupation with nostalgia veils the decade’s true cultural significance, the essays in Disco Divas reveal th

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