Summer Reading B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Q&A | July 20, 2015

    Jesse Ball: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Jesse Ball

    Describe your latest book. I woke up one day from a sort of daydream with an idea for a book's structure, and for the thread of that book, one... Continue »
    1. $16.80 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      A Cure for Suicide

      Jesse Ball 9781101870129

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
5 Remote Warehouse Music- History and Criticism

Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Genres: North America


Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Genres: North America Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The six EPMOW Genre volumes contain entries on the genres of music that have been or currently are popular in countries and communities all over the world. Included are discussions on cultural, historical and geographic origins; technical musical characteristics; instrumentation and use of voice; lyrics and language; typical features of performance and presentation; historical development and paths and modes of dissemination; influence of technology, the music industry and political and economic circumstances; changing stylistic features; notable and influential performers; and relationships to other genres and sub-genres.

This volume, on the music of North America, features over 100 in-depth essays on genres ranging from Adult Contemporary to Alternative Rock, from Barbershop to Bebop, and from Disco to Emo. All entries conclude with a bibliography, discographical references and discography, with additional information on sheet music listings and visual recordings. Written and edited by a team of distinguished popular music scholars and professionals, this is an exceptional resource for anybody studying or researching the history and development of popular music.

Table of Contents

Adult Contemporary                                African-American Musical Theater, 1890-     Album-Oriented Rock                                Alternative Country                                  Alternative Rock       Backstage Musical    Bakersfield Sound       Ballad (North American)  Barbershop   Bebop (Bop)                                                       Bluegrass Music          Blues                 Boogie Woogie         Brill Building Pop        Broadway Musical                Burlesque         Cajun Music Chanson canadienne/Chanson québécoise      Chicago Blues         Chicago Jazz        Chicano Music    Christian Rock        Classic Blues           Contemporary Christian Music     Contemporary Worship Music      Cool Jazz      Coon SongCountry Music        Country Rock          Cowboy Songs        Delta Blues        Disco         Doo WopDuranguense Easy Listening         Electro         Emo           Ethnic Music        ExoticaFolk Music (North American)        Free Jazz        Funk          Garage, US         Garage Rock         Girl Groups        Go-Go Gospel Hymn Gospel Music, African-American     Gospel Music, White        Granola Music             Grunge         HardbopHip-Hop        Honky-Tonk         Hot Rod           House Music        Indita            Jazz                         Jazz-Rock        Latin Boogaloo        Latin Jazz                 Mainstream Jazz       Mardi Gras Indian music      Matachines Miami Bass           Minstrelsy     Modal Jazz        Motown        Nashville Sound, The       Native American Pop        New Country New Jack Swing New York Downtown Scene      New Orleans Jazz       Outlaw  Country Music        Powwow Music         Progressive Jazz        Quebradita and Technobanda R&B, Contemporary        Ragtime        Railroad Songs        Revue, American Rhythm and Blues       Riot Grrrl        Rockabilly        Rock 'n' Roll        Salsa         Shape-Note Hymnody       Singer-songwriter       Singing Cowboy         Smooth Jazz         Soft RockSoul        Soul Jazz         Southern Rock Spiritual, African-American        Stride         Surf Music        Sweet Music        Swamp Blues      Swamp Pop        Swing Music and Big-Band Jazz       Symphonic Jazz        Talking Blues Techno Tejano Music          Third Stream        Tin Pan Alley        Torch SongTrad and Néo-trad       Vaudeville     Vaudeville, African-American      Waila         West Coast Jazz          Western Swing        Yé-yé québécoisZydeco 

Product Details

Shepherd, John
Bloomsbury Academic
Horn, David
Music -- History and criticism.
History & Criticism *
Publication Date:
9.62 x 6.86 x 1.57 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Ethnomusicology
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Rock
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Reference
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » General

Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Genres: North America New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$276.25 In Stock
Product details 584 pages Continuum - English 9781441160782 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at