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Popular Music Research Guide: Books & Scores

Key Books

The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock.  Simon Frith, Will Straw, and John Street, eds.  2001.
E-book version
Print version:  MUSICMEDIA ML3470 .C36 2001

Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music.  Simon Frith.  1996.
MUSICMEDIA ML3795 .F738 1996

Popular Music in Theory:  An Introduction.  Keith Negus.  1996.
MUSICMEDIA ML3470 .N44 1997

Mystery Train:  Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music.  Rev. ed.  Greil Marcus.  1982.
ML3534 .M36 1982

The Rock History Reader.  2d ed.  Theo Cateforis, ed. 2013
MUSICMEDIA ML3534 .R6333 2013

Rock of Ages: the Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll Ed Ward, Geoffrey Stokes, and Ken Tucker, eds.
MUSICMEDIA ML3534 .W33 1986

The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States.  Samuel A. Floyd.  1995.
MUSICMEDIA ML3556 .F65 1995

Roots Music.  Mark F. DeWitt, ed.  2011
MUSICMEDIA ML3545 .R66 2011

Yesterdays:  Popular Song in America.  Charles Hamm.  1979.
MUSICMEDIA ML3477 .H35

Country Music, U.S.A.  3rd rev. ed.  Bill C. Malone and Jocelyn R. Neal.  2010.
ML3524 .M34 2010

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music.  Allan Moore.  2002.
E-book version
Print version:  MUSICMEDIA MT146 .C36 2002

The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music.  Jonatha C. Friedman, ed.  2013.
MUSICMEDIA ML3918 .P67 R68 2013

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Some Subject Headings to Try

Blues (Music)
Bop (Music)
Country Music
Gospel Music
Heavy Metal (Music)
Hip-hop
Popular Music—Social Aspects
Rap (Music)
Rhythm and Blues Music
Rockabilly Music
Rock Music
Rock Music 1961-1970, Rock Music 1971-1980, etc.
Soul Music
Zydeco Music

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