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Banding TogetherHow Communities Create Genres in Popular Music$
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Jennifer C. Lena

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150765

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150765.001.0001

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Three Musics, Four Genres: Rap, Bluegrass, and Bebop Jazz

Three Musics, Four Genres: Rap, Bluegrass, and Bebop Jazz

(p.27) Chapter 2 Three Musics, Four Genres: Rap, Bluegrass, and Bebop Jazz
Banding Together

Jennifer C. Lena

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the progression of three musics through the four genre types, focusing on the hanging mix of the resources they use. These resources include organizational form, scale, and locus; the sources of income and press coverage for artists; the codification of genre ideal, performance, and technological conventions; boundary work; styles of dress, adornment, drugs, politics, and argot; and the invention of a name for the style. In order to focus on the attributes that characterize genre forms, the chapter selectively presents examples from three musical styles: bluegrass, old school rap, and bebop jazz. It hopes that focusing on examples from a sample of musics will highlight the features of genre types and their attributes without producing unnecessary confusion.

Keywords:   American music, musical genres, rap music, bluegrass, bebop jazz

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