This is a study of the way in which popular words and music relate to American life. The question of what popular song was, and why it came into existence, as well as how each song fitted within the context of the larger 20th century society are considered and explained clearly and fruitfully. The author also offers insight into why musical styles were seen to change as they did during this time period.
Nicholas E. Tawa is professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the cofounder of the Sonneck Society for American Music.
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Preliminary Considerations Chapter 4 The 19th Century's Close Chapter 5 The African-American Input Chapter 6 The New Breed of Songwriters Chapter 7 Going After the Public Chapter 8 Song in the Public Consciousness Chapter 9 Notes Chapter 10 2 A Closer Look at the Jazz Age Chapter 11 Zeroing In on the 1920s Chapter 12 Shouters and Crooners Chapter 13 The Natural World of Popular Song Chapter 14 Songs: Earnest and with Feeling Chapter 15 The Torch Song Chapter 16 Novelties and Dance Songs Chapter 17 Disaster Strikes Chapter 18 Notes Chapter 19 3 Swing Time Chapter 20 Entertainment Circles Chapter 21 The Swing Era Begins Chapter 22 The Transformation of the Singer Chapter 23 Songs for the Recovery Chapter 24 Novelties and Other One-of-a-Kind Songs Chapter 25 Serious Songs Chapter 26 Light Love Songs Chapter 27 The More Sober Love Songs Chapter 28 Notes Chapter 29 4 Change: Different Music Cultures Come to the Fore Chapter 30 The Generational Cold War Chapter 31 Getting Music to Young People Chapter 32 African-American Music Chapter 33 Country and Western Chapter 34 Folklike Music Chapter 35 Rockabilly and the Start of Rock 'n' Roll Chapter 36 Notes Chapter 37 5 White-American and British Songs in a Decade of Turmoil Chapter 38 Traditional Popular Music Chapter 39 Varieties of Country Music Chapter 40 The Counterculture Chapter 41 Folk to Folk-Rock Chapter 42 California Dreaming Chapter 43 The British Invasion Chapter 44 Notes Chapter 45 6 Black-American Music Comes to the Fore in the 1960s Chapter 46 Soul Music Chapter 47 Funk Chapter 48 Motown Chapter 49 Notes Chapter 50 7 Out of the Seventies Chapter 51 Traditional Popular Music in the Seventies and Beyond Chapter 52 Country and Western in the Seventies Chapter 53 The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter Chapter 54 Reggae Migrates to the United States Chapter 55 Disco and the Urge to Dance Chapter 56 The Rebellious Posture: Heavy Metal Chapter 57 Progressive to Punk Chapter 58 Notes Chapter 59 8 The Eighties and Nineties Chapter 60 Country and Western Persists Chapter 61 Changes in the Musical Landscape Chapter 62 Celebrities in the Adolescent Arena Chapter 63 New Options: Grunge, Alternative, and Indie Chapter 64 Hip-Hop and Rap Take Over Chapter 65 Notes Chapter 66 9 A Temporary Ending Chapter 67 Popular Culture at the Turn of the Century Chapter 68 Counterthrust Chapter 69 The Onset of the Older Fan Chapter 70 In Conclusion Chapter 71 Notes Part 72 Selected Bibliography Part 73 Index Part 74 About the Author