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Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music

Jennifer C. Lena


Why do some music styles gain mass popularity while others thrive in small niches? This book explores this question and reveals the attributes that together explain the growth of twentieth-century American popular music. Drawing on a vast array of examples from sixty musical styles—ranging from rap and bluegrass to death metal and South Texas polka, and including several created outside the United States—the book uncovers the shared grammar that allows us to understand the cultural language and evolution of popular music. The book discovers four dominant forms—avant-garde, scene-based, industr ... More

Keywords: American popular music, evolution, American pop music, China, Serbia, Nigeria, Chile, rap music, bluegrass music, polka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150765
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer C. Lena, author
Vanderbilt University