For courses in American Music, Musical History, and American Popular Culture.
This book introduces the history and influence of American music within the broader context of American culture. The central focus is to forge connections between the world of contemporary pop music (with which most students are intensely involved) and the historical roots of this music (which most know very little about). A framework is provided for exposing the links in a chain of influence that encompasses the entire scope of our nation's musical heritage—from traditional folk ballads and blues, to contemporary rock and rap.
David Kastin has over twenty-five years experience as an educator and curriculum specialist. He has used his academic background in American studies and journalism to create innovative programs for institutions such as The American Museum of the Moving Image, New York Newsday, and The American Social History Project. He also has written on music and the media for the Village Voice, Downbeat, and other publications. He currently is teaching an interdisciplinary course in American literature and popular music at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.