Popular and Pop music
Music History II at Barbados Community College.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Popular and Pop music
popular music – any music which is popular
within a specific area. E.g. calypso/soca in
Southern Caribbean, Bollywood music in
Pop music – an American created genre with
defined modes of production and operation.
Pop music’s ubiquity has ultimately led to it
influencing all ‘popular’ worldwide
The key to the
production is the
The key to the
Pop music is
dictated by market
Media access is
Ragtime and Minstrel songs: 1st mass
produced Pop music form.
R.T originally an Afro-American folk form re-
interpreted and consumed by wider
However, lacked image association.
Pop music is an INDUSTRY and is closely
associated with business, product, mass,
industry, image and media.
Pop music borrows mode of operation from
industry and many of same practices.
An A-American musical expression popular in
Southern and Mid-Western states in 30’s and 40’s.
Kansas City, Oklahoma, St. Louis.
Music was dominated by A-Americans and was
made for dancing.
Frequently featured vocalists.
R&B’s performance practices and musical
content was reconfigured.
Southern record producers sought white
talent to perform these R+B numbers.
Bill Haley and the Comets had 1st “R&B” hit
with Rock around the clock.
Teenage Pop music of the 50s.
Used new mediums such as television
Used the newly invented electric guitar-
Elvis was the prototype
of the Pop artist.
After his appearance
on Ed Sullivan show,
became a Pop phenom.
T.V performances drew
more than president’s
1958 - Sold more than
20 million dollars
worth of Elvis
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White America. New York: W. Morrow, 1963.
Starr, Larry, and Christopher A.
Waterman. American Popular Music: From
Minstrelsy to Mp3. New York: Oxford
University Press, 2007. Print.