After the Ball: Pop Music from Rag to Rock

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Faber & Faber, Jan 17, 2013 - Music - 330 pages
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First published in 1972, Ian Whitcomb's After the Ball is an exuberant account of the origins and explosion of popular music, informed by the author's store of experience in the field as a pop sensation of The Sixties.

'Brash, learned, funny and perspicacious.... The author of this free-wheeling, diverting history was a student at Trinity College, Dublin, when he created a rock hit 'You Turn Me On,' and experienced a brief, bewildering season as a touring rock celebrity. This book... is his effort to explain that experience to himself, and, well-educated man that he is, he goes all the way back to the first pop bestseller (in sheet music, of course), 'After The Ball,' and all the way forward to the 1960s.' New Yorker

'One of the best books on popular music to come along in the last few years.... Whitcomb's own involvement with music constantly surfaces to make the book both revealing and highly enjoyable.' Seattle Times

  

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Contents

Title Page
1879
Ragtime
1893
Inside Tin Pan Alley
1914
Alleymen versus the Allemands
1923
Introduction
1833
Records
1851
Talkies
1868
Swing
1889
Occupation
1905
Naturalization
1925
Meanwhile in Britain
Thank
Index
Copyright

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