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The Seventh Stream: The Emergence of Rocknroll in American Popular Music [Paperback]

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Pages   460
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1992
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819562572  
EAN  9780819562579  

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Philip Ennis presents a major social and cultural study of the origins and evolution of "rocknroll." With masterful command of general trends and telling details, he describes the artistic, economic, and political context that nurtured this radically new popular music. This "seventh stream," which drew from existing forms of pop music, began as a youth movement of rebellion and remains a worldwide banner of youth in search of alternatives.

"Rocknroll" emerged, he shows persuasively, from the successive meeting and melding of the other six "streams"--pop, black pop, country pop, jazz, folk, and gospel. He chronicles how these were shaped by struggles over musical property rights, and by the new technologies of radio and phonograph record.

The most decisive clash was between the New York based music publishers and the radio broadcasters. Their decades long contest resulted in many cultural changes. The basic unit shifted from sheet music to the phonograph record. The radio disc jockey in small, independent radio stations became the new focal point for all the popular musics. New venues, audiences, and talent appeared throughout the nation.

The appearance of "rocknroll" marked a significant cultural moment, argues Ennis. This "seventh stream" was part of an explosive efflorescence in all the American arts after World War II. Its early stars--Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley--built a pantheon of performers with deep roots in all the other streams.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! PHILIP H. ENNIS is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Wesleyan University. Author of numerous studies on the arts in their social and legal contexts, he has served as consultant to the American Library Association, CBS, and The National Endowment of the Arts.

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The Thinking Fan's Guide to Rock and Roll  Dec 11, 2004
Since I was old enough to hear, I have been a fan of rock and roll music and have probably read dozens of books on the subject, not to mention the thousands of hours listening to everyone from Bill Haley and his Comets through Nirvana and 21st century groups whose names are as forgettable as their music. As I grew older, I began to wonder if there was a credible record of the evolution of rock and roll that dealt with the topic as a sociological phenomenon rather than as a cheering venue for a particular artist or phase of rock and roll. Quite by accident, I stumbled upon Dr. Ennis'thesis that rock and roll is actually a melding of the six other important streams of American music: pop, black pop, country pop, jazz, folk and gospel--hence the title, "The Seventh Stream". Beginning with the formulation of the AM radio industry following World War I, Dr. Ennis traces the evolution of American music from the 1920's up through the 1980's. His account of the early formation of organizations to protect the intellectual property rights of the composer/musician is particularly informative. Nonetheless, Dr. Ennis does not present just a sterile, historical analysis of facts and statistics. Rather, he skillfully introduces the varying personalities behind the rock and roll industry and the result is a work that satisfies the casual rock and roll fan, as well as the student of 20th century Americana. Whether you are a doctoral student of musicology or simply a teenager starting up your own garage band, you'll find this to be a rewarding history of one of our greatest cultural treasures.

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