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ISBN-13 9780205957590ISBN-10 0205957595
ISBN-10 0205956807ISBN-13 9780205956807
Author(s): Reebee Garofalo; Steve Waksman
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 552

Basic Approach

Emphasize the social and business sides of rock history

Rockin' Out; Popular Music In America offers both a comprehensive history of rock and a clear presentation of its styles and forms.  The text takes readers from the invention of the phonograph and the heyday of Tin Pan Alley to the promise of the internet and present day sounds of singer-songwriters.  Reebee Garofalo offers an analysis and critique of the music itself as well as how it is produced and marketed, including recent phenomena as the rise of television idols, the introduction of reggaeton, and the return of protest music.

Steven Waksman as been brought on as co-author thoroughly revising each chapter. The sixth edition will also feature several new listening guides.   

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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, students should be able to:

  • Know the history and origin of rock and roll music

  • Understand technology’s potential impact in the music business