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Author Ryan, Thomas, 1958-

Title American hit radio : a history of popular singles from 1955 to the present / Thomas Ryan.

Published Rocklin, Calif. : Prima Pub., [1996]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.640973 RYAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxii, 650 pages ; 23 cm
Notes Includes index.
Summary Starting in 1955, America began tracking its favorite songs on the top 40 charts. More than a record of our collective music tastes, the charts became snapshots that reveal who we are. Now Thomas Ryan, a music reviewer, percussionist, and obsessive vintage vinyl collector, takes us through all forty years, providing a wealth of insight based on exhaustive research. Arranged chronologically, American Hit Radio puts 1,250 of the Top 40 songs in perspective, spotlighting 500 with carefully crafted essays describing the artists' backgrounds and inspirations, the cultural context of the songs, and how the song styles and statements relate to the music scene before and since. From Fats Domino to Nirvana, popular music reflects the radical changes we have experienced as a country and a culture. American Hit Radio explores where our music has taken us in the last half-century - what we have left behind, what persists, and why.
Subject Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- United States -- Chronology.
ISBN 0761502300