Struggling To Define A Nation: American Music And The Twentieth Century
Struggling To Define A Nation: American Music And The Twentieth Century
Struggling To Define A Nation: American Music And The Twentieth Century

Struggling To Define A Nation: American Music And The Twentieth Century

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Identifying music as a vital site of cultural debate, Struggling to Define a Nation captures the dynamic, contested nature of musical life in the United States. In an engaging blend of music analysis and cultural critique, Charles Hiroshi Garrett examines a dazzling array of genresincluding art music, jazz, popular song, ragtime, and Hawaiian musicand numerous well-known musicians, such as Charles Ives, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Irving Berlin. Garrett argues that rather than a single, unified vision, an exploration of the past century reveals a contested array of musical perspectives on the nation, each one advancing a different facet of American identity through sound.

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