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ISBN-13: 978-0073526577 ISBN-10: 0073526576 Edition: 3rd
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 3 edition (June 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073526576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073526577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By robots on December 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book does not look bad at all. It seems to provide a more or less thorough history of american popular music. It is organized and would be a good study guide. The first edition came out in 1993, so all or most of the information in this volume cannot have just been ripped off the web.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Thomas on August 6, 2009
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The Joyner book an excellent survey of popular music. I chose it for a college general survey course on popular music I taught in Sping 10--it was a great class and the students reacted well to the book. Joyner treats each genre of popular music in a chronological manner, showing their development and influence on each another. The section on courtry music is especially interesting. ITunes links are provided to songs covered in the text. A number of the ITunes links are not the same arrangements discussed in the text, but they are easy enough to track down. I give this book a high recommendation, especially to anyone looking for a general overview of American popular music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leia Edson on December 26, 2013
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I needed this book for my music class. It is a good book. Very informative, but the author uses information that I believe is personal opinion in some of it rather than facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Asch on June 3, 2013
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Blah. Joyner uses the preface to justify the book's obvious shortcomings: "It is comparatively economical in price and size. That's the reason for it's length, the lack of companion CDs, lyrics, and color photographs. Paper, copyright permissions, and color printing cost a lot of money." So be aware, this is a low-budget item in various respects. It's just barely substantial enough for a school to get away with telling parents and the district BoE that the subject was taught. If you want something that does more than scratch the surface, or provides more than the absolute minimum of textbook production value, look elsewhere. The British Invasion deserves more than 9 pages plus a couple of song analyses.

One might think that, given the apparent importance of brevity, Mr. Joyner would skew the ratio of fact and opinion more in the direction of fact, particularly when some of the opinions he expresses are utterly misguided. To wit: "Stadium rock continued through the 1980s with bands such as Styx, Rush, Boston, Kansas, and Heart. The music of these bands was inherently formulaic and corporate and would lead to major underground rebellions along the way with musical styles such as disco, punk, and grunge."

Rush's music is formulaic and corporate? Disco was a rebellion against bands like Styx or Kansas? Such assertions throw every other opinion in the text into doubt. Also, the famous 3-song Yes album is titled "Close To The Edge", not "Closer To The Edge". Let's call that one a typo, but speaking of that band, it's a strange editorial decision to make the heading of the section about them "Rick Wakeman and Yes". Why put it that way? Rick's a legend, but to suggest that he was the primary source of Yes's prog sound is a real stretch.
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I bought this book for a college music history class. 3 years later I still own it because it has a lot of information about how different genres of music gave birth to new genres since the turn of the 20th century. I discovered new artists that I now feature in my Itunes list.

I rated 3 stars because I felt like it was too general in areas and that was a huge disappointment.
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By Jill on December 22, 2012
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I bought this book for a college my American Popular Music class. It has a lot of information about how different genres of music gave birth to new genres since the turn of the 20th century. I discovered some new artists that I have put on my iPod.
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It is a really good and informative book. I enjoy what I am learning. It is pretty clear and concise at getting across the points and transitioning into the next topic.
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