Rhythm and blues, rap, and hip-hop /
Frank Hoffmann ; foreword by Albin J. Zak III.
New York, NY : Facts On File, c2006.
xviii, 332 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0816053154 (hc : alk. paper)
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New York, NY : Facts On File, c2006.
0816053154 (hc : alk. paper)
catalogue key
Includes discography (p. 295-298), bibliographical references (p. 313-315), and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Frank Hoffmann, Ph.D., is currently professor of Library Science at Sam Houston State University
First Chapter
Influenced by the blues as well as West African and African-American sounds, rhythm and blues, rap, and hip-hop have become popular and influential forms of music around the world. Featuring soulful lyrics, hard-driving beats, and infectious rhythms, these genres form a rich branch of America's musical culture. From Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to LL Cool J and Dr. Dre, the performers who pioneered and perfected these musical forms have become household names.
American Popular Music: Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop explores the characteristics and importance of each of these types of music and its history and evolution. This in-depth volume combines 52 photographs, a glossary, discography, and chronology to create an ideal go-to reference for music lovers everywhere.
Entries include:
Herb Abramson
Ray Charles
Sam Cooke
Doo wop
Dr. Dre
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye
The Isley Brothers
Etta James
Little Richard
LL Cool J
The Memphis Horns
Sugar Hill Gang
Teddy Pendergrass
Otis Redding
Tupac Shakur
Donna Summer
Luther Vandross
and many others.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-02-01:
This seven-volume set (the eighth volume, consisting of a comprehensive index, comes only with the purchase of the complete set) on major musical branches is aimed at high school readers. Boasting contributors with some impressive credentials, it promises to be an ideal research tool. But the 300-500 A-to-Z entries in each volume tend to be cute and overly general (e.g., the definition of scat singing begins, "Bim, bop, bam, and dwee dooda ya. A vocal style in which the singer uses nonsense syllables to improvise on a melody"), and the bibliographies are a bit spotty. The major problem, however, is the number of factual errors and discrepancies found in several of the volumes. For example, Hoffmann's (library science, Sam Houston State Univ.) Rhythm & Blues lists the wrong birth year and city for Stevie Wonder as well as the wrong release year for his Songs in the Key of Life album; Weissman's (The Music Business) Blues mysteriously has Jimi Hendrix (who died in 1970) living until 1976; and Hill's Classical states that composer Howard Hanson's best-known work is his "Symphony No. 3 (the `Romantic')." True, but the `Romantic' subtitle belongs to his Symphony No. 2. The Country, Rock & Roll, and Folk volumes fare better. Each of the seven volumes includes approximately 50 black-and-white photographs, some general bibliographic information, a chronology, and a glossary of technical terms; all the volumes are well indexed, though not all contain fairly extensive, annotated discographies that would be useful. Bottom Line Despite its potential and some fascinating entries, the number of factual errors for even well-known figures makes this set less than suitable as a research tool. Since the volumes are available separately, Carlin's (Southern Exposure) Folk is recommended for high school libraries.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This item was reviewed in:
Library Journal, February 2006
Reference & Research Book News, February 2006
Booklist, April 2006
Voice of Youth Advocates, June 2006
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Entries include: Herb Abramson Sam Cooke Doo wop Earth, Wind, and Fire Eminem Aretha Franklin Funk Marvin Gaye The Isley Brothers Etta James Little Richard The Memphis Horns Motown Teddy Pendergrass Otis Redding Tupac Shakur Sugar Hill Gang Donna Summer Luther Vandross and more.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xv
A-To-Z Entriesp. 1
Appendixesp. 293
Glossary of Music Termsp. 305
Further Reading and Researchp. 313
Editorial Board of Advisersp. 317
Indexp. 319
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