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Crossover Dreams: From Urban Cowboy to the King of Pop

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/9780520248717.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the rise of the concept of “crossover” in response to the transformation of radio formats and music industry categories during the 1970s and early 1980s. Country music is ... More


“Selling Station Personality”: Managing Impending Change in Postwar Radio, 1948–1953

Alexander Russo

in Making Media Work: Cultures of Management in the Entertainment Industries

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814764695
eISBN:
9780814724989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814764695.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter probes the transition period to format radio in the late 1940s and early 1950s, particularly, how local and regional “clinics” allowed station owners, programming directors, and radio ... More


The Dictionary of Soul

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/9780520248717.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

One of the most striking occurrences in the history of Billboard’s popularity charts was the disappearance of the R&B chart from November 1963 to January 1965. This chapter analyzes this event in ... More


“Old Time Rock and Roll” on Re-Generation Soundtracks

Michael D. Dwyer

in Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199356836
eISBN:
9780199356867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356836.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter charts the evolution of rock and roll from “race music” to “oldies,” the safe alternative to new wave, punk, disco, and hip-hop. This process was aided by the Golden Oldies radio format ... More


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