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Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

David Brackett


Categorizing Sound addresses the relationship between categories of music and categories of people: in other words, how do particular ways of organizing sound become integral parts of whom we perceive ourselves to be and of how we feel connected to some people and disconnected from others? After an introduction that discusses the key theoretical concepts to be deployed, Categorizing Sound presents a series of case studies that range from foreign music, race music, and old-time music in the 1920s up through hillbilly and swing music in the 1940s, soul music in the 1960s, country and rhythm and ... More

Keywords: popular music, genre, identity, race, gender, rhythm and blues, country music, swing, hillbilly, soul music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520248717
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Brackett, author
McGill University