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A Renewed Flow of Memories: The Depression and the Struggle over “Hit Records”

William Howland Kenney

in Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195171778
eISBN:
9780199849789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171778.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

The economic depression of the 1930s decimated the recording industry in the United States: hard times so undermined the phonograph companies that many never recovered. Victor and Columbia survived ... More


From Jazz to Pop: Swing in the 1940s

David Brackett

in Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520248717
eISBN:
9780520965317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248717.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

“Swing,” as the most commercially successful variety of jazz, became the mainstream of popular music during the late 1930s. The growth in popularity of jukeboxes broadened the popular music field, ... More


Relocating the Song: Julie Taymor’s Jukebox Musical, Across the Universe (2007)

George Rodosthenous

in Gestures of Music Theater: The Performativity of Song and Dance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199997152
eISBN:
9780199348572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997152.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, Dance

This chapter discusses the director’s approach of re-locating the songs and giving them a new context within the narrative of the piece. It focuses on the gender reversals that Taymor introduced in ... More


The Beatles I: Richard Lester and A Hard Day’s Night

David E. James

in Rock 'N' Film: Cinema's Dance With Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199387595
eISBN:
9780199387632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387595.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Including US rock ’n’ roll stars along with British performers of pop and Dixieland jazz, Richard Lester’s It’s Trad Dad! was the best of the US and UK jukebox musicals. For the first time, its ... More


. . . And White: Country Music

David E. James

in Rock 'N' Film: Cinema's Dance With Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199387595
eISBN:
9780199387632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387595.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Country music, a largely white tradition that had been fundamental to early rock ’n’ roll, became important again in late sixties country rock. For most of the decade, films about it were country ... More


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