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On This Day in Music History: Over 2,000 Popular Music Facts Covering Every Day of the Year

On This Day in Music History: Over 2,000 Popular Music Facts Covering Every Day of the Year

  • Published by Hal Leonard 369 Pages
  • Over 2,000 Popular Music Facts Covering Every Day of the Year by Jay Warner
  • Author: Jay Warner

The dictionary defines trivia as: “matter or things of very slight importance, commonplace, or ordinary.” Yet anyone who has ever read anything about a favorite sports star, singer, historic figure or celebrity will find that it is often the so-called trivia that makes things memorable about that person or event. Nowhere is this more apparent than in this book. Add the context of the progression of hundreds of parallel lives through the timeline of a pseudo calendar format and it becomes anything but commonplace. This is especially intriguing when coupled with music history. Over 2,000 entries are listed in chronological order, covering every day of the year. By combining a calendar format with wonderful photos and illustrations, and an ele

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Aerosmith: An entry from SJP’s St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Aerosmith: 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 170 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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Carey, Mariah (1970 – ): An entry from SJP’s St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Reviews

Carey, Mariah (1970 – ): 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 138 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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Madonna (1958): An entry from SJP’s St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Madonna (1958): 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 2036 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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MTV: An entry from SJP’s St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

MTV: 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 2366 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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The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It’s Just a Thought Away (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It’s Just a Thought Away (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

From their commanding role in the so-called British Invasion of the early 1960s to their status as the elder statesmen (and British Knight) of rock and roll, the Stones have become more than an evanescent phenomenon in pop culture. They have become a touchstone not only for the history of our times—their performance at the Altamont Raceway marked the “end of the sixties,” while their 1990 concert in Prague helped Czechoslovakia and other eastern bloc nations celebrate their newfound freedom (and satisfaction) out from under Moscow’s thumb. Because of their longevity, the music and career of the Stones—much more than The Beatles—stand as touchstones in the personal lives of even casual Stones fans. Everyone of a certain age remembers th

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U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Is it possible to be a committed Christian and a rock superstar? Can political activists make good music? Do hugely successful rock bands really care about AIDS and poverty in Africa, or is it just another image-enhancing schtick? U2 and Philosophy ponders these and other seeming dichotomies in the career of the Irish supergroup. For over two decades, U2 has been one of the biggest acts in rock music. They’ve produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum records and won 15 Grammy Awards. Critics everywhere have praised the band’s thoughtful, complex lyrics and the artistry of their music. At the same time, Bono, the group’s lead singer, has dedicated himself to political and social causes, blurring the line between rock star and re

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Lionel Richie: Hello (Popular Music History) Reviews

Lionel Richie: Hello (Popular Music History)

For nearly thirty years Lionel Richie has never looked back as a performer. From fronting his group the Commodores – the premier R&B pop unit of the seventies – he became the most popular singer/songwriter in the world by the eighties. A decade later he was the ultimate star entertainer with a ‘nice guy’ image. The Lionel Richie story is about a five-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. For nine consecutive years he had no 1 singles in America, a feat matched only by Irving Berlin. It is also the story of two broken marriages, personal insecurities, near-death experiences and an insight into the man behind a success story that broke the rules. Lionel Richie is the first book written about Lionel Richie an

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Popular Classical Music

Popular Classical Music is Important for New Listeners.

When I hear music like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture or Pachelbel’s Canon, I am usually tempted to turn the stereo off. It’s not that they aren’t beautiful pieces of music, but for a serious classical music fan, it is about the equivalent of hearing ìShe Loves Youî by the Beatles. In other words, I’ve heard them so many times that I can’t get anything new out of them.
Popular classical music certainly does have its place, however, especially when it comes to drawing in new listeners of classical music and, hopefully, instilling in them a love for the genre. The good thing about it is also the bad thing about it ñ you hear it all of the time.

Let’s start with a car commercial from a few years back where a bunch of guys ride by in a car, roll down the windows and start hurling water balloons at another guy. The commercial is in slow motion, and it is made to look like a Mafia hit. The guy that gets drilled drops his water balloon and slowly crumbles to the ground. It was very funny.
The song playing in the background is what I remember, because it was an aria from the opera Pagliacci, a great example of popular classical music that many people would recognize first as the music from that car commercial.

Another work of popular classical music that I saw recently on commercials for Subway restaurants is one that I have already mentioned, the 1812 Overture. In this commercial, it shows different people preparing to eat food from another fast food place, and their chairs break as they sit down, or their buttons snap and fly off, all while that overture is playing.
Popular classical music is used to promote many different products, and most people don’t even realize what the songs are. For instance, the music from the Helzberg Diamonds commercial is Palladio
by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.
Another example of popular classical music being used as a theme song in a commercial is George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue being used for United Airlines. It is funny, because this was one of the very first pieces of classical music that I ever heard, and it made me want to learn more about classical music.
With the fact that classical music is probably the least popular of all the major genres of music, I think it is important that the general public be exposed to popular classical music through such things as commercials. I have been around friends that will hear classical music in some advertisement and ask me what it is, and they really like it and want to listen to more. This could be the best way to expose the largest number of people to a very beautiful musical style.

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