Table of Contents

American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV


1. Themes and Streams in American Popular Music
2. "After the Ball": Popular Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
3. "Catching as the Small-pox": Social Dance and Jazz, 1917-1935
4. "I Got Rhythm": The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley Song
5. "St. Louis Blues": Race Records and Hillbilly Music
6. "In the Mood": The Swing Era, 1935-1945
7. "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie": The Postwar Era, 1946-1954
8. "Rock around the Clock": Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-1959
9. "Good Vibrations": American Pop and the British Invasion, 1960s
10. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag": Country, Soul, Urban Folk, and the Rise of Rock, 1960s
11. The 1970s: Rock Music and the Popular Mainstream
12. Outsider's Music: Progressive Country, Reggae, Punk Rock, Funk Music, and Disco, 1970s
13. The 1980s: Digital Technology, MTV and the Popular Mainstream
14. "Smells Like Teen Spirit": Hip-Hop, "Alternative" Music, and the Entertainment Business
15. Conclusion