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The richly diverse ethnic heritage of the Lone Star State has brought to the Southwest a remarkable array of rhythms, instruments, and musical styles that have blended here in unique ways and, in turn, have helped shape the music of the nation and the world. Historian Gary Hartman writes knowingly and lovingly of the Lone Star State’s musical traditions. In the first thorough survey of the vast and complex cultural mosaic that has produced what we know today as “Texas music,” he paints a broad, panoramic view, offers analysis of the origins of and influences on specific genres, profiles key musicians, and provides guidance to additional sources for further information. A musician himself, Hartman draws on both academic and non-academic sources to give a more complete understanding of the state’s remarkable musical history and ethnic community studies with his first-hand knowledge of how important music is as a cultural medium through which human beings communicate information, ideas, emotions, values, and beliefs, and bond together as friends, families, and communities. The History of Texas Music incorporates a selection of well-chosen photographs of both prominent and less-well-known artists and describes not only the ethnic origins of much of Texas music but also the cross-pollination among various genres. Today, the music of Texas—which includes Native American music, gospel, blues, ragtime, swing, jazz, rhythm and blues, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, zydeco, western swing, honky tonk, polkas, schottsches, rock & roll, rap, hip hop and more—reflects the unique cultural dynamics of the Southwest.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chapter 1: Understanding the Music of Texas and the American Southwest
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Chapter 2: Texas Music Begins: Native American Musical Traditions of the Southwest
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. Chapter 3: M
  2. pp. 20-55
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  1. Chapter 4: “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”: The African Roots of Texas Music
  2. pp. 56-99
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  1. Chapter 5: From Polkas to Pirogues: The German, Jewish, Czech, Polish, and French Influence on Texas Music
  2. pp. 100-128
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  1. Chapter 6: “Deep within My Heart Lies a Melody”: Anglo American Music in Texas
  2. pp. 129-195
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  1. Chapter 7: “Groover’s Paradise”: Texas Rock & Roll
  2. pp. 196-220
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 221-226
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-268
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-291
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-304
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781603443944
Related ISBN
9781603440028
MARC Record
OCLC
654125874
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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