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History of Music

Music is the art of combining sounds into a structured form, usually according to conventional patterns and for an aesthetic (artistic) purpose. Music is generally divided into different genres or styles such as classical music, jazz, pop music, country, and so on. The Greek word mousikē covered all the arts presided over by the Muses. The various civilizations of the ancient and modern world developed their own musical systems. This resource covers the major developments of music in different time periods and provides links to a variety of online resources about music and musicians. Learn More..
 

Music Eras

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100 Albums That Changed Popular Music - Chris Smith
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Publication Date: 2006-12-01
Whether on vinyl or in digital form, the album has become an integral part of our cultural history. 100 Albums That Changed Popular Music: A Reference Guide tells the stories behind the most groundbreaking, influential, and often controversial albums ever recorded. Narrative chapters in this chronologically organized volume describe how the albums reflected the political, social, and economic culture of the era. Individual entries discuss these albums histories, the inspiration behind their creation, and why they continue to stand the test of time. Selected on the basis of their popular appeal, historical significance, and influence on later genres, the albums included represent a wide variety of genres, such as blues, jazz, rock, reggae, rockabilly, folk, soul, hip-hop, and country.

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Alternative, Country, Hip-Hop, Rap, and More - Michael Ray (Associate Editor)
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Publication Date: 2012-12-15
This volume examines how some of the most popular musicians today--entertainers such as Madonna, Adele, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift--rose to fame and made important musical breakthroughs, all while paying tribute to those who came before them.

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Disco, Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal, and More - Michael Ray (Associate Editor)
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Publication Date: 2012-12-15
This volume examines the various styles of music that defined the 1970s and '80s, profiling the artists who captured the spirit of rapid social and cultural change.

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Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture - Brian Cogan
Publication Date: 2006-05-01
Although its origins and definition are hotly debated among scholars and fans alike, punk rock music has an ever-evolving but always loyal fan base. The British punk movement is thought to have begun in the mid-1970s with bands such as the Clash and the Sex Pistols, and the American punk movement in the early 1970s with bands such as the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Television playing at CBGB's in New York City's Lower East Side. The punk subculture continues to evolve today, with new bands, fashions, politics and zines embodying the spirit of its founders while also influencing mainstream culture. This inclusive encyclopedia chronicles the history and development of punk, including sub-movements such as Hardcore, Post-punk, Queercore, and Emo, to provide readers with an extensive overview of the music, fashion, films, and philosophies behind it. Entries for musicians include a discography for those wanting to start, or develop, their music collections.

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Icons of R&B and Soul - Bob Gulla (Editor)
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Publication Date: 2007-12-01
Drawn from a mosaic of influences, including folk, gospel, and blues, R&B represents both everything that came before and nothing that was heard before. This is the music that bridged the gap between audiences and helped, at the very height of racism in America, to dismantle racial barriers. So much of today's music is derived directly from the highly influential and critically important sounds of R&B that without it we would have never known the classic soul of the late '50s and '60s, the glory days of the genre. Similarly, rock n' roll as seen through the eyes of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley would have never evolved without the foundation laid by their R&B predecessors. Through substantial entries on the chief architects and innovators, Icons of R&B and Soul offers a vibrant overview of the music's impact in American culture and how it reflected contemporary society's politics, trends, and social issues.

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Jazz - Scott Yanow
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Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Focuses on the music's development that resulted in different styles and approaches to jazz improvisation being created in different cities and areas of the country.

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Music of the Gilded Age - John Ogasapian; N. Lee Orr
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Publication Date: 2007-05-01
America's Gilded Age was a time of great musical evolution. As the country continued to develop a musical style apart from Europe, its church and religious music and opera took on new forms. Music-as-entertainment also evolved, with marching bands at public events and the new musicals in theaters. This volume presents the composers, musicians, songwriters, instruments and musical forms that uniquely identify the Gilded Age.

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Music of the Postwar Era - Don Tyler
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Publication Date: 2007-11-01
At the end of WWII, themes in music shifted from soldiers' experiences at war to coming home, marrying their sweethearts, and returning to civilian life. The music itself also shifted, with crooners such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra replacing the Big Bands of years past. Country music, jazz, and gospel continued to evolve, and rhythm and blues and the new rock and roll were also popular during this time. Music is not created without being influenced by the political events and societal changes of its time, and the Music of the Postwar Era is no exception.

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Music of the World War II Era - William H. Young; Nancy K. Young
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Publication Date: 2007-12-01
In the World War II era, big bands and swing music reached the heights of popularity with soldiers as well as friends and loved ones back home. Many entertainers such as Glenn Miller also served in the military, or supported the war effort with bond drives and entertaining the troops at home and abroad. In addition to big band and swing music, musicals, jazz, blues, gospel and country music were also popular. Chapters on each, along with an analysis of the evolution of record companies, records, radios, and television are included here, for students, historians, and fans of the era.

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Rock 'n' Roll Wisdom - Barry A. Farber
Publication Date: 2007-07-01
In a novel look at rock 'n' roll lyrics, psychologist Barry Farber highlights those that rise above the rest because they are not only clever, but also wise in their psychological themes and conclusions. These great lyrics embody enduring truths about topics as diverse as love, identity, money, sex, religion, aging, social justice, and the search for meaning. Join Farber in a fun and informative journey across rock 'n' roll history to see how we can learn about significant areas of life through the medium of psychologically wise rock 'n' roll lyrics.

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Sounds of Rebellion - Jeff Wallenfeldt (Editor)
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Publication Date: 2012-12-15
This volume captures the extraordinary sounds of this unforgettable period through profiles of its greatest musical talents, placing their stories in social and cultural context.

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The Birth of Rock and Roll - Jeff Wallenfeldt (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781615309115
Publication Date: 2012-12-15
This volume examines the phenomenon of rock and roll--the way it was before it crept into the mainstream it had once retaliated against--and the many musicians who made it into an art.

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The Da Capo Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music - Phil Hardy; Dave Laing
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Publication Date: 1995-08-01
The Faber Companion to 20th Century Pop Music has established itself as the classic reference work in this area. From Abba to ZZ Top, through Noel Coward, the Skatalites and The Stone Roses, this book covers the major players in the vast history of popular music in the twentieth century. With varied entries covering everything from bebop to western swing by way of psychedelic rock, Phil Hardy's indispensable book maps out a stimulating and informative cultural history of the century in popular music.

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The Story Behind the Song - Richard D. Barnet; Bruce Nemerov; Mayo R. Taylor
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Publication Date: 2004-01-30
Offers a guide to historically significant songs that helped chronicle the twentieth century. Explains the story behind each song's creation and how it reflected political, economic, and social events of the time.

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Books on the History of Music

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The Harvard Dictionary of Music - Don Michael Randel (Editor)
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Publication Date: 2003-11-28
This classic reference work, the best one-volume music dictionary available, has been brought completely up to date in this new edition. Combining authoritative scholarship and lucid, lively prose, the Fourth Edition of The Harvard Dictionary of Music is the essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who appreciates music.

The Harvard Dictionary of Music has long been admired for its wide range as well as its reliability. This treasure trove includes entries on all the styles and forms in Western music; comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Near East; descriptions of instruments enriched by historical background; and articles that reflect today's beat, including popular music, jazz, and rock. Throughout this Fourth Edition, existing articles have been fine-tuned and new entries added so that the dictionary fully reflects current music scholarship and recent developments in musical culture.

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New Penguin Dictionary of Music - Paul Griffiths
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Publication Date: 2011-05-18
"The New Penguin Dictionary of Music" is the essential A-Z of some 1,000 years of Western music. It explores in detail the lives and achievements of a huge range of composers, and examines such key topics as music history (from medieval plainchant to contemporary minimalism), performers, theory and jargon. Written by an award-winning music critic, and blending scholarship with personal insight and opinion, this dictionary is both a pleasurable read and an invaluable and authoritative reference book for all lovers of music, whether amateur or professional.

 

National Anthems

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Encyclopedia of National Anthems - Xing Hang
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Publication Date: 2003-09-22
A collection of national anthems from most of the 193 sovereign countries in the world. Provides sheet music arranged for piano as well as lyrics in the original language of each country along with an English translation, if applicable.

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