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Short History of Contemporary Music In America

In the era of 1910 through 1940, the great majority of standards were written. In that period (before cable television, the internet, texting...radio was in its infancy and the primary institution was called, "Tin Pan Alley". This was a group of the major publishers located in New York City that would publish the songs of the leading composers of the day. To demonstrate their songs, pianist were hired to work at the publisher's stores to play the songs for prospective buyers, which included Broadway producers, radio artists, etc. George Gershwin, Cole Porter started their careers in this manner, playing other composers music. Imagine a world without the peripherals we have today. Most families had pianos in their homes. So the need for the published music sheets was a necessity to the family.

According to Wikipedia:

The music of America reflects the country's multi-ethnic population through a diverse array of styles. It is a mixture of music influenced by West African, Irish, Scottish, Mexican, and Cuban music traditions among others. The country's most internationally renowned genres are Jazz, Blues, Country, Ragtime, Hip Hop, Barbershop, Pop, Experimental, Techno, House, Dance, Boogaloo, Salsa, and Rock and Roll. The United States has the worlds largest market with a total retail value of 4,483.8 million dollars in 2012, and its music is heard around the world. Since the beginning of the 20th century, some Forms of American popular music have gained a near global audience.

Native Americans were the earliest inhabitants of the land that is today known as the United States and played its first music. Beginning in the 17th century, immigrants from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Germany and France began arriving in large numbers, bringing with them new styles and instruments. African slaves brought musical traditions, and each subsequent wave of immigrants contributed to a melting pot.

Much of modern popular music can trace its roots to the emergence in the late 19th century of African American blues and the growth of gospel music in the 1920s. The African American basis for popular music used elements derived from European and indigenous music's. There are also strong African roots in the music tradition of the original white settlers, such as country and bluegrass. The United States has also seen documented folk music and recorded popular music produced in the ethnic styles of the Ukrainian, Irish, Scottish, Polish, Hispanic and
Jewish communities, among others.

Many American cities and towns have vibrant music scenes which, in turn, support a number of regional musical styles. Along with musical centers such as Philadelphia, Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, and Los Angeles, many smaller cities such as Asbury Park, New Jersey have produced distinctive styles of music. The Cajun and Creole traditions in Louisiana music, the folk and popular styles of Hawaiian music, and the bluegrass and old time music of the Southeastern states are a few examples of diversity in American music.

That is a pretty rich history for America. So just browse through our site and listen and see if you Got The Spirit!

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