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Author Weisbard, Eric,
Title Top 40 democracy : the rival mainstreams of American music / Eric Weisbard.
Imprint Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.

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Subject Radio programs, Musical -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular music radio stations -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular music -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular music genres -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Format radio broadcasting -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Add Title Top forty democracy
Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents It's whose thing? The Isley Brothers and rhythm and blues -- Duets with modernity : Dolly Parton and country -- Contemporary adults : A & M Records and middle of the road -- Madman across the water : Elton John and top 40 -- The wrath of the buzzard : WMMS and rock -- This generation's radio : music formats in the early 2000s.
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Summary American popular music history takes a new shape when the force behind the hits - radio airplay - claims centre stage. The 1950s Top 40 hits approach structured rival formats, too, by the 1970s: rhythm & blues, country, adult contemporary, and rock. This resulted in multiple mainstreams, overlapping centres that explain why pop multiplicity, not rock monoculture, won out by the 1990s. An introduction explores how formats are different from genres, which turn on musical ideals. Five case studies then examine particular formats through artists, record labels, and radio stations.
ISBN 9780226194370 (electronic bk.)
022619437X (electronic bk.)
9780226896168 (print)
9780226896182 (print)
0226896161
0226896188
OCLC # 893910026
Additional Format Print version: Weisbard, Eric. Top 40 democracy 9780226896168 (DLC) 2014017517 (OCoLC)871670749.