American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3 [With CD (Audio)] (Paperback)

American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3 [With CD (Audio)] Cover Image
Email or call for price.


The most complete, colorful, and authoritative package of its kind, American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, Third Edition, examines popular music in the United States from its beginnings into the 21st century.

Highlighting the contributions of diverse groups, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman trace the development of jazz, blues, country, rock, hip-hop, and other popular styles. They combine an in-depth treatment of the music itself--including discussions of stylistic elements and analyses of musical examples--with solid coverage of attendant historical, social, and cultural circumstances.


* Significantly expanded coverage of the Latin American stream of influence throughout, including Latin music in the big-band era, the mambo craze of the 1950s, bossa nova, and salsa
* Thoroughly updated discussions of online distribution models, technology, and new trends in popular music
* Exact timings included in the in-text listening guides to help students orient themselves as they use the two in-text
audio CDs
* New appendix--Understanding Rhythm and Form--illustrating the basic musical concepts of beat, tempo, rhythm, and form
* A FREE six-month subscription to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Fourth Edition Online ($120.00 value )

Remarkably accessible and student-friendly, the third edition also offers:

* Detailed in-text listening charts that explain the most important elements of recordings discussed at length in the text
* Boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and cultural issues, with an illustrated timeline at the back of the book
* An iMix (published at iTunes)
* An updated Companion Website ( containing resources for both instructors (PowerPoint lecture slides, assignments and exercises, filmographies, and review/discussion questions) and students (chapter outlines, brief biographies, flashcards, and weblinks)
* A free Instructor's Manual and Computerized Test Bank on CD.

About the Author

Larry Starr is Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He is a respected scholar on the music of Ives, Gershwin, and Copland, as well as on popular music. Christopher Waterman is Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. An anthropologist specializing in the music of Africa and the Americas, he is also a bassist who has performed professionally in a wide variety of popular genres.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780195396300
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2009
Pages: 536