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              Books in the American Popular Music series

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              Forever Doo-wop: Race, Nostalgia, and Vocal Harmony
                

              Forever Doo-wop: Race, Nostalgia, and Vocal Harmony (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Runowicz, John Michael

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              Explores the history and legacy of a distinctly American musical genre

              ISBN 9781558498242
              Released NZ 1 Sep 2010
              Publisher Inbooks
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires
               

              The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Dougan, John

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              Early in the morning on June 1, 1953, five African American men boarded a van to make the 200-mile trip from Nashville to Memphis for a daylong recording session at the legendary Sun Studios, to be overseen by Sun founder Sam Phillips. One of the two tracks cut that day, "Just Wa...lkin' in the Rain," would go on to become a regional R&B hit, Sun Records' biggest record of the pre-Elvis era. It would, however, be the group's only hit. They were the Prisonaires, a vocal quintet who had honed their skills while inmates at the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. In this book, John Dougan tells the story of the Prisonaires, their hit single, and the afterlife of this one remarkable song. The group and the song itself represent a compelling concept: imprisoned men using music as a means of cultural and personal survival. The song was re-recorded by white singer Johnnie Ray, who made it a huge hit in 1956. Over the years, other singers and groups would move the song further away from its origins, recasting the deep emotions that came from creating music in a hostile, controlled environment. The story of the Prisonaires, for all of its triumphs, reflects the disappointment of men caught in a paradoxical search for personal independence while fully cognisant of a future consigned to prison. Their brief career and the unusual circumstances under which it flourished sheds light on the harsh realities of race relations in the pre-Civil Rights South. The book also provides a portrait of Nashville just as it was gaining traction as a nationally recognised music centre.
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              ISBN 9781558499690
              Released NZ 30 Oct 2012
              Publisher Inbooks
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans
                

              Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Miller, Matt

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              Over the course of the twentieth century, African Americans in New Orleans helped define the genres of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, and funk. In recent decades, younger generations of New Orleanians have created a rich and dynamic local rap scene, which has revolved around a dan...ce-oriented style called bounce.
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              ISBN 9781558499362
              Released NZ 30 Jun 2012
              Publisher Inbooks
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              Talking Machine West: A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley's Western Recordings, 1902-1918
               

              Talking Machine West: A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley's Western Recordings, 1902-1918 (Hardback)

              By Amundson, Michael A.

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              Gorgeously illustrated throughout, this book is as entertaining as it is informative, offering the first comprehensive account of popular western recorded music in its earliest form.

              ISBN 9780806156040
              Released NZ 13 Apr 2017
              Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville
               

              Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville (Hardback)

              By Hill, Jeremy

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              How the country music industry keeps close to home

              ISBN 9781625341716
              Released NZ 30 Jan 2016
              Publisher University of Massachusetts Pr
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville
               

              Country Comes to Town: The Music Industry and the Transformation of Nashville (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Hill, Jeremy

              • RRP: $147.99
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              Country music evokes a simple, agrarian past, with images of open land and pickup trucks. While some might think of the genre as a repository of nostalgia, popular because it preserves and reveres traditional values, Jeremy Hill argues that country music has found such expansive ...success because its songs and its people have forcefully addressed social and cultural issues as well as geographic change. Hill demonstrates how the genre and its fans developed a flexible idea of ""country,"" beyond their rural roots, and how this flexibility allowed fans and music to ""come to town,"" to move into and within urban spaces, while retaining a country ""character."" To understand how the genre has become the far-reaching commercial phenomenon that it is today, Hill explores how various players within the country music fold have grappled with the notion of place. He shows both how the industry has transformed the city of Nashville and how country music -- through song lyrics, imagery associated with the music, and branding -- has reshaped ideas about the American landscape and character. As the genre underwent significant change in the last decades of the twentieth century, those who sought to explain its new styles and new locations relied on a traditional theme: ""You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy."" Hill demonstrates how this idea -- that you can still be ""country"" while no longer living in a rural place -- has been used to expand country's commercial appeal and establish a permanent home in the urban space of Nashville.
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              ISBN 9781625341723
              Released NZ 30 Dec 2015
              Publisher University of Massachusetts Pr
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              American Popular Music: Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop
                

              American Popular Music: Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop (Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By Hoffmann, Frank; Foreword by Zak, Albin J.

              • RRP: $92.99
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              Influenced by the blues as well as West African and African-American sounds, rhythm and blues, rap, and hip-hop have become popular and influential forms of music around the world. This work explores the characteristics and importance of each of these types of music and its histo...ry and evolution. It also includes 52 photographs, and a glossary.
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              ISBN 9780816073412
              Released NZ 30 Nov 2007
              Publisher Facts On File Inc
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              American Popular Music: Folk
               

              American Popular Music: Folk (Paperback)

              By Carlin, Richard; Foreword by Cohen, Ronald D.

              • RRP: $92.99
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              The traditional songs, dances, and legends of ordinary people in the United States have long served as a means of communication and a source of entertainment. Featuring 36 photographs, a glossary, discography, and chronology, this work is a resource on this influential American a...rtform. The entries include: Moses Asch; Joan Baez; and Bob Dylan.
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              ISBN 9780816073405
              Released NZ 30 Nov 2007
              Publisher Facts On File Inc
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              Nashville's Songwriting Sweethearts: The Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Story
                

              Nashville's Songwriting Sweethearts: The Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Story (Hardback, 3rd edition)

              By Malone, Bobbie; Malone, Bill C.

              • RRP: $52.99
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              • Pub Date
                26 Mar 20

              In Nashville's Songwriting Sweethearts, authors Bobbie Malone and Bill C. Malone recount how Boudleaux and Felice, married in 1945, began their partnership as itinerant musicians living in a trailer home and writing their first songs together.

              ISBN 9780806164861
              Released NZ 26 Mar 2020
              Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series American Popular Music
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              American Popular Music: Country
                

              American Popular Music: Country (Hardback, New title)

              Edited by Carlin, Richard; Foreword by Ching, Barbara

              • RRP: $338.50
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              An eight-volume set, celebrating American music by presenting information on seven major musical branches. Together, the volumes comprise a panoramic depiction of American music and the influential threads that weave among the different musical genres.

              ISBN 9780816053124
              Released NZ 30 Jul 2006
              Publisher Facts On File Inc
              Interest Age Children / Young Adults
              Series American Popular Music
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