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A New and Concise History of Rock and R&B through the Early 1990s

A New and Concise History provides a strong foundation for understanding how music, the music industry, and American culture intersect. Ethnomusicologist Eric Charry's innovative and road-tested teaching style is brought to you in this textbook suitable for general education courses in music. The book is organized around a series of timelines, tables, and figures created by the author, and provides fresh perspectives that bring readers into the heart of the social and cultural importance of the music. Charry lays out key contemporary theoretical issues, covers the technical foundations of the music industry, and provides a capsule history of who did what when, with particular emphasis on the rapid emergence of distinct genres and subgenres. The book's figures distill the history and provide new insight into understanding trends. Over 1000 artists, albums, and songs are included here, such as Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Madonna, Talking Heads, and Public Enemy.

About the Author

ERIC CHARRY is a professor of music at Wesleyan University. His other books include Mande Music and Hip Hop Africa.


"This is an immensely useable book, smartly concise. It offers a bird's eye view that also reveals the divergences, gray areas, and overlaps so critical to understanding the history of rock."—Benjamin Harbert, associate professor of music, Georgetown University
Wesleyan University Press

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March 17, 2020
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