I Hear America Singing: An Introduction to Popular Musicexplores the evolution of popular music within the broader context of American social, political, and cultural history. By forging connections between contemporary popular music and its roots in blues, jazz, and traditional folk music, this book offers a compelling portrait of America's rich musical heritage. Tells the story of the major genres of American popular music using an engaging narrative style. Sidebars provide biographical sketches as well as entries on subjects of special interest (such as the minstrel show, Tin Pan Alley, and the griot tradition). Excerpts from works by Jack Kerouac, Sterling A. Brown, Frank O'Hara, Jayne Cortez, and Ralph Ellison, among others, highlight the influence of popular music on American literature and culture. Suggested projects for each chapter encourage an active learning experience. Approximately 125 contemporary and archival photographs reflect the vitality of America's popular music.Kastin, David is the author of 'I Hear America Singing An Introduction to Popular Music', published 2001 under ISBN 9780133533767 and ISBN 013353376X.