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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

Scholarly Books

...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...

Scott Joplin

Artist Pages

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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...
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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...

Salt Lake City, UT

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: city – 181,743 (2000); metropolitan area – 850,243 (2000) Salt Lake City is the hub of the Wasatch Front, the metropolitan corridor of Utah that runs from Ogden to Provo between the Wasatch...

Durban

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population (including the greater Durban-Pine-town-Inanda metropolitan area): 2,314,000 (2000) Founded by European settlers in 1824, Durban is the largest city in the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa, and one of the world...

Stride

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

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...The term ‘stride’ refers to a jazz piano style developed by African-American musicians and popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It is characterized by a constantly moving (or ‘striding’) four-to-the-bar left hand, typically alternating deep bass...

Coon Song

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

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...