Themes and Streams in American Popular Music

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Themes and Streams in American Popular Music Broadsides - Early Lyrics Sheet with advertising space—cost 25 cents (lost of $$ in the 19 th century) - Intended for the masses who lacked money and formal musical training - Source of social and political satire - 1735—Trial of John Peter Zenger, first case in which song lyrics are considered protected speech * One of the largest collections of Broadsides in the U.S. is at MTSU’s Center for Popular Music—The Kenneth Goldstein Collection Hutchinson Family - One of the best-known and most popular singing groups of the Civil War era * Aligned with 19 th century social progressivism abolitionist movement, women’s rights, temperance, and prison reform * The roots of American social protest music * America’s first pop supergroup! Blackface Minstrelsy A projection of white racism and… Love & Theft - Attempt by working class whites to use African American cultural form to comment on their own marginalization - Blackface minstrelsy as a way, “through masking and coded discourse [to]
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course RIM 3000 taught by Professor Dougan during the Fall '08 term at Middle Tennessee State University.

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