Persistent Themes In Sound Recordings: Topical Discographies On Communixations, Metropolitan Centers, Transportation Vehicles, and Weddings

 
9781534692435: Persistent Themes In Sound Recordings: Topical Discographies On Communixations, Metropolitan Centers, Transportation Vehicles, and Weddings

During the past century recorded music has echoed from phonographs, jukeboxes, car radios, televisions, portable Walkmen, and contemporary digital devices. In addition to general listeners and record buyers, music scholars have taken interest in audio imagery and prominent themes in lyrics. This volume continues that academic tradition. However, it should be noted that rather than just naming isolated subjects in songs, this investigation probes for clusters of ideas that constitute important audio themes. This is the second of several volumes in the "Persistent Themes" Series being sponsored by The Paw Paw Press. Each volume examines a few highly important general themes by breaking them down into component topics and illustrating several recordings that constitute the framework for both the smaller topics and the over-arching themes. For example, the authors have identified "Military Conflicts" as an important lyrical theme. They have gathered hundreds of recordings that illustrate this theme and arranged these songs by topic, such as "Anti-War Songs", "Patriotic Anthems", "Peace Hymns", "Soldiers", "The Vietnam War, and so on. Thus the general theme is justified by the large number of recordings attributed to each of the related sub-topics. This combined thematic and topical approach to the lyrical content of popular recordings is extremely detailed. It requires several volumes to present a sufficiently diverse examination of theme patterns. Currently, the authors are pursuing 21 different themes. The discographic presentation required to illustrate the breadth and scope of these 21 themes will require the production of five volumes of "Persistent Theme" studies over the next five years. The anticipated timeline and thematic structures being pursued are listed below:

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The lead author, B. Lee Cooper, is a freelance writer and popular music critic. Over the past 40 years he has been a professor of history and American culture, a dean of students, a provost and vice president for academic affairs, and a university president. He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (B.S., 1964), Michigan State University (M.A., 1965), Ohio State University (Ph.D., 1971), and Newman University (D.H.L., 2009). He also studied at the Institute for Educational Management (I.E.M., 1980) at Harvard University. Dr. Cooper has an avid interest in 20th Century American popular music. He collects blues, doo-wop, novelty, rockabilly, and rock 'n' roll recordings. His scholarly pursuits in popular music include bibliography, discography, lyric analysis, song theme identification, and biographical studies. Dr. Cooper has authored more than 500 book and record reviews and over 150 articles that have appeared in 40 different scholarly journals and music magazines. He has also published 15 books, including A RESOURCE GUIDE TO THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY SONG LYRICS, 1950-1985 (Greenwood Press, 1986), ROCK MUSIC IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE -- 3 Volumes (Haworth, 1995, 1997, 1999), THE POPULAR MUSIC HANDBOOK (Libraries Unlimited, 2004), and NEW ORLEANS MUSIC: LEGACY AND SURVIVAL (Routledge, 2008). In 1983 he received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music research after publication of IMAGES OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN POPULAR MUSIC (Nelson-Hall, 1982). Dr. Cooper is currently President and CEO of Popular Music Research, Ltd., a voluntary association of scholars and teachers who assist young writers with music-related projects.

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