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Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music and the Twentieth Century

Charles Hiroshi Garrett


Identifying music as a vital site of cultural debate, this book captures the dynamic, contested nature of musical life in the United States. Using a blend of music analysis and cultural critique, the author examines an 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. The book 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 diff ... More

Keywords: music analysis, cultural critique, art music, jazz, ragtime, Hawaiian music, Charles Ives, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, American identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520254862
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Hiroshi Garrett, author