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Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929

Nicholas Gebhardt


This book is about the changes that took place in popular music in the United States, in the period from 1870 until 1929. It explores the context for those changes and offers an explanation for why they happened. Above all, it aims to tell a particular kind of story about popular musicians, one that foregrounds their relationship to new conceptions of wealth, power, and social order. Central to this story is American vaudeville and its role in the transformation of musical values, practices, repertoires, and artistic institutions. Although the early signs of this transformation were evident by ... More

Keywords: American vaudeville, popular musicians, popular success, entertainment, corporate culture, music industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226448558
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226448725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Gebhardt, author
Birmingham City University