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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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Music Trajectories

Music Trajectories

(p.65) Chapter 3 Music Trajectories
Banding Together

Jennifer C. Lena

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the trajectories of musical styles across genre forms by engaging in what are called “parallel comparisons,” in order to show how several musical styles follow (or do not) the same patterns. It describes two primary trajectories taken by musical styles across the four genre types. The first trajectory is shared by the three styles explored in Chapter 2 (bluegrass, bebop, and rap). The second trajectory, abbreviated IST, describes the transit of nine musics that started as industry-based genres, then inspired a scene-based genre form, and acquired a traditionalist following. The chapter first identifies these two trajectories and illustrates them with examples from several musical styles. It then explores the three mechanisms of inertia that produced incomplete musical trajectories across genre forms.

Keywords:   musical styles, musical genres, American music, genre forms, industry-based genres, scene-based genre, traditionalist

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