Examines the social and business sides of rock history
Rockin' Out: Popular Music In the U.S.A., 6/e, analyzes the music and business of rock ‘n roll. This comprehensive, introductory text takes readers from the invention of the phonograph to the promise of the Internet. Topics include: the rise of television idols, the proliferation of alternative sounds, and the influence of digital production techniques.
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Reebee Garofalo is Professor Emeritus at UMass Boston, where he taught for 33 years. His most recent book is Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA. He has written numerous articles on popular music for popular as well as scholarly publications and has lectured internationally on a broad range of subjects relating to the operations of the music industry. Garofalo has been active in promoting popular music studies internationally, as a member of the Executive Committee and past Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, and an editor for several popular music journals, including the Journal of Popular Music Studies. At the local level, Garofalo serves on the organizing committee for the HONK! Festival, an annual gathering of activist street bands. For relaxation, he enjoys drumming and singing with the Blue Suede Boppers, a fifties rock 'n' roll band, and marching with the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, an activist New Orleans-style brass band.
Steve Waksman has turned a lifelong involvement with music as a player and listener into a career as a scholar of rock and pop. Associate Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College, his works include the books Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience, and the award-winning This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk. He has contributed essays to several journals and edited collections, including the Cambridge Companion to the Guitar, the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop, and Metal Rules the Globe. In 2008, Waksman was the keynote speaker at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s American Music Masters event honoring the legacy of musician and inventor Les Paul. He is currently researching a new book on the cultural history of live music and performance in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and co-editing the Sage Handbook of Popular Music with Andy Bennett.
“The book covers a wide base of American music, from Tin Pan Alley to hip hop, addresses the major artists in various genres, and goes chronologically, in a systematic, logical order. I feel that Rockin' Out is probably the best "Rock/American music" textbook out right now. “
- Jason Lester, Wharton County Junior College
“This book's greatest strength is the author's ability to demonstrate the continuing relevance of these economic, political, and otherwise extra-musical concerns and controversies throughout the history of the music. I feel this is the most contemporary and up-to-date survey of popular music history, politics, economics, and sociology on the market.”
- Kris Tiner, Bakersfield College
“I do believe that the chronological nature of this text is excellent.”
- Scott Bacon, Drexel University
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