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Music Wars: Money, Politics, and Race in the Construction of Rock and Roll Culture, 1940-1960 by John C. Hajduk (2018...

“One way to interpret American society in the second half of the twentieth century, for good or ill, is to see it as the triumph of rock and roll culture,” argues John C. Hajduk, professor of history at the University of Montana Western in the book at hand. This peculiar culture was a compelling force […]

Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood … by Katherine Spring (2013)

Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood … by Katherine Spring (2013)

It may be hard for us today to imagine what moviegoers in the 1920s must have felt when they watched their first talkies in the cinemas. By now, there have been a number of movies describing just this peculiar sensation. But what the audience must have experienced when suddenly their movie stars uttered words could […]