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The Seventh Stream: The Emergence of Rocknroll in American Popular Music Paperback – December 15, 1992
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Eninis' main thesis is that rocknroll was the synthesis of the six pre-existing "streams" of American popular music: Pop (Tin Pan Alley/Brill Building), Black Pop, Country Pop, Gospel, Jazz and Folk. In the first section of The Seventh Stream, Ennis focuses on the "assembly" of the six distinct streams against the back drop of technological change between 1900 and 1940. His insightful, distinct division of American Popular Music into six "streams" is paired with a turgid, obvious recitation of the pre-World War II struggle between the publishing industry and the broadcasting industry. To his credit, Ennis does clearly demonstrate how this struggle influenced the development of the "six streams" (In a nutshell, the rise of radio favored Black Pop and Country Pop at the expense of Traditional Pop.)
The lasting contribution that Ennis makes to "rock history" comes in his tour-de-force of a second section, where he describes the emergence of rocknroll in the post World War II period. Perhaps his most important insight is the manner in which he describes the reflective relationship between Charts and the Record Labels who sought to profit from that information. The concept linking the two is the "crossover" i.e.Read more ›
My only complaint is his use of "rocknroll." It is so distracting and he never justifies it.