Popular Music in America: The Beat Goes On,
5th Edition

Michael Campbell

ISBN-13: 9781337560375 | ISBN-10: 1337560375

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 432 pages

List Price USD $173.95


Michael Campbell’s POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA, 5th Edition, follows the evolution of popular music from the mid-19th century to the present with discussions of connections, contrasts, and patterns of influence among artists, styles, and eras. A new, in-depth section on 21st century music connects you to the content through a modern lens. Units are clearly defined by style and timeframe, and chapters feature narrowly focused objectives to keep you on task. This edition also features a vibrant, richly illustrated, magazine-like design, plus numerous online resources. Almost all listening examples are available on Spotify with dedicated unit playlists and/or in YouTube examples which can be found throughout the MindTap version of the text.

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Meet the Authors

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Michael Campbell is a writer and pianist. A California native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and holds a doctorate from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano with Leon Fleisher. As a commercial musician, he has assisted such artists as Angela Lansbury, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, Ethel Merman, and Don McLean. As a concert pianist, he has performed a broad range of repertoire, including his own transcriptions of recordings by Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton, and other legendary jazz pianists. He also performs all of the piano selections included with this textbook.

  • New, detailed organization into brief units and chapters lets you easily teach your class in any order you choose.
  • Expanded coverage of twenty-first century music and its place in the evolution of sound.
  • Units are clearly defined by style and timeframe, and chapters feature narrowly focused objectives.
  • Short chapters dedicated to specific topics make it possible to customize your course. A revised table of contents that proceeds more chronologically and consolidates the coverage of individual genres, such as blues and Latin music.
  • End-of-Unit "Looking Back, Looking Ahead" section reviews the material covered in the unit’s chapters and points the way toward future chapters.
  • Focus on the features of a song under the heads “Listen For" and "Remember" give students key information that they will need to understand and identify selections for exams and after.
  • Almost all of the songs discussed in the book are available as downloads or on the course’s Spotify Playlist. Additional music video selections are available through YouTube.
  • A full-color, magazine-like design that draws students into the material and keeps them reading.
  • New selections that add even more music to a quantity and variety not found in any other book.

Table of Contents

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1. Points of Entry
2. The Beginnings of American Popular Music.
3. The Emergence of Black Music.
4. Popular Song in the Modern Era.
5. The Swing Era.
6. In from the Outskirts: Blues and Black Gospel 1925–1950.
7. In from the Outskirts: Country and Folk Music 1925–1950.
8. Latin Music in the United States: 1900s–1950s.
9. Popular Music Matures: Musical Theater, Modern Jazz, and Song Interpretation.
10. Rock and Roll.
11. The Rock Revolution.
12. Latin Music 1950 to the Present.
13. Rock and R&B in the Early 1970s.
14. New Trends of the Late 1970s.
15. Country Music in the Rock Era.
16. Electronica and Rap.
17. Beyond Rock: the 1980s.
18. Alternatives.
19. A World of Music.
20. Popular Music in the Twenty-first Century.

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Popular Music in America

  • ISBN-10: 1337560375
  • ISBN-13: 9781337560375

Price USD$ 173.95

MindTap: Popular Music in America 12Months

  • ISBN-10: 1337675830
  • ISBN-13: 9781337675833

Price USD$ 97.00


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