American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3

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The most complete, colorful, and authoritative package of its kind, American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, Third Edition, examines popular music in the United States from its beginnings into the 21st century.

Highlighting the contributions of diverse groups, Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman trace the development of jazz, blues, country, rock, hip-hop, and other popular styles. They combine an in-depth treatment of the music itself–including discussions of stylistic elements and analyses of musical examples–with solid coverage of attendant historical, social, and cultural circumstances.


* Significantly expanded coverage of the Latin American stream of influence throughout, including Latin music in the big-band era, the mambo craze of the 1950s, bossa nova, and salsa
* Thoroughly updated discussions of online distribution models, technology, and new trends in popular music
* Exact timings included in the in-text listening guides to help students orient themselves as they use the two in-text
audio CDs
* New appendix–"Understanding Rhythm and Form"–illustrating the basic musical concepts of beat, tempo, rhythm, and form
* A FREE six-month subscription to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Fourth Edition Online ($120.00 value!)

Remarkably accessible and student-friendly, the third edition also offers:

* Detailed in-text listening charts that explain the most important elements of recordings discussed at length in the text
* Boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and cultural issues, with an illustrated timeline at the back of the book
* An iMix (published at iTunes)
* An updated Companion Website ( containing resources for both instructors (PowerPoint lecture slides, assignments and exercises, filmographies, and review/discussion questions) and students (chapter outlines, brief biographies, flashcards, and weblinks)
* A free Instructor's Manual and Computerized Test Bank on CD

Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (November 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195396308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195396300
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

I want it for my students!

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 8, 2015
By Veronica
I am in the process of re-writing our district’s middle school music curriculum, and I want to order classroom sets of this book for our students! The language used is accessible to students in the middle-to-high school levels. The reading level may be on the high end for 6th graders, but should be appropriate for most of our 7th and 8th graders. It covers SO much from SO many years of American music! The book also has a lot of listening guides throughout the chapters that will be very helpful for students to follow while listening to and analyzing a piece.

Five Stars

 on July 28, 2017
By Barbara Sonnabend
Was in great condition. Thank you

Five Stars

 on August 14, 2017
By ricebrew
Great book. Includes CDs. I was looking for a book for my music appreciation class.

I like this textbook

 on May 7, 2015
By Turduckeon
I like this textbook. I used it for a class. The one catch is that there is nothing in this book you can’t find elsewhere as pop music is very well documented. I liked how it was divided, however, and I learned a bunch.

Five Stars

 on November 23, 2016
By Aditya Kumar
Came in great quality with no water damage and no pages ripped out. CD also worked.

Used music book

 on February 15, 2013
By Joe
The book was in very good condition and although it did not say if the CD’s did or did not ome with the book I did recieve them as well. But the fact that it was not entitled in the description had me skeptical and they were very scratched but they still “sort of” work! thanks and I would buy from this seller again!

Good service

One person found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2014
By Sara Nguyen
I purchased a textbook that needed the two CD’s that came with it. I was happy that I actually got the CD’s like the description said for the textbook. It got here on time.

Great book!

One person found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2013
Love the pictures, stories, and the music! Great book for a music class or if you’re interested in learning more about music!

Poor packaging …Great Book

One person found this helpful.
 on October 2, 2013
By Anthony Mize
Based on how the book was packaged, a disc that comes with the book was broken. Truly disappointed but everything else is great.


 on March 14, 2015
By Azia
In good shape and what I needed

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