Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music and the Twentieth Century
Charles Hiroshi Garrett (Author)
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DescriptionIdentifying music as a vital site of cultural debate, "Struggling to Define a Nation" captures the dynamic, contested nature of musical life in the United States. In an engaging blend of music analysis and cultural critique, Charles Hiroshi Garrett examines a dazzling array of genres - including art music, jazz, popular song, ragtime, and Hawaiian music - and numerous well-known musicians, such as Charles Ives, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Irving Berlin. Garrett argues that rather than a single, unified vision, an exploration of the past century reveals a contested array of musical perspectives on the nation, each one advancing a different facet of American identity through sound.
University of California Press
12 October 2008
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