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1899 and All That

Pete Dale

Pete Dale is a Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Music and the Politics of Novelty

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Pop music didn’t just drop out of nowhere, fully formed and perfectly new; the idea that such an arrival could be possible is surely risible: what comes out of a void? In fact, popular music is a subcategory of music; almost anyone (with...
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...The songwriter and lyricist Irving Berlin produced some of the most memorable entries in the Great American Songbook. Born in 1888 in the Russian Empire, Berlin’s family immigrated to the United States when he was five. At eight, Berlin...
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...Among the almost infinite tragedies of World War I, James Reese Europe’s participation exhibited the potential cultural power the event’s diaspora created. Europe was born in 1880 in Alabama but moved to Washington, D.C. when he was ten...

Indianapolis, IN

Theodore F. Watts

Theodore F. Watts

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David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 781,870 (2000) Indianapolis, the capital city of the state of Indiana, is located some 120 miles (193 km) south of Lake Michigan. Situated on the shallow, non-navigable White River, the city known variously...

Scott Joplin

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...Many myths have grown up about Scott Joplin’s early life; however, his impact on American jazz music was singular and rooted. Joplin was born in Texarkana, Arkansas around 1868 to a musical family of railroad workers. Joplin’s mother...

Coon Song

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Coon songs were one of many varieties of ethnic-themed comic songs popular in vaudeville and music theater in the United States from roughly the 1880s to the 1920s, the targeted ethnic minority in this case being African Americans. Coon...

Fats Waller

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...As one of jazz’s first composer-arrangers, Jelly Roll Morton managed to communicate the form’s focus on improvisation through notation. Born in New Orleans in 1890, Morton grew up in the city’s Creole community. At an early age, Morton...

African-American Musical Theater, 1890–

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...In the late nineteenth century African Americans began to create their own distinctive variants on the popular musical theater genres, established and developed by white Americans, in which they had hitherto participated to a limited...