Struggling to Define a Nation : American Music and the Twentieth Century Paperback / softback
Identifying 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 312 pages, 7 b-w photographs, 3 tables, 20 music examples
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Publication Date: 19/09/2008
- Category: Music
- ISBN: 9780520254879
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