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**About the Author**
**MICHAEL ONYEAGO** has written twenty-five books and has performed in over three hundred live music shows. He created and produced the long-running series _The Lyrics and the Lyricists_ for WGBH Radio and TV. In 2006 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to explore the art of lyric writing. He is an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has twice been nominated for a Grammy. He has two grown children, four grandchildren, and lives in Massachusetts.
Copyright © 2006 by Michael Onyeango. All rights reserved. Except as permitted under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
A hardcover edition of this book was published in 2006 by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
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The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows:
The secret history of pop music: the hidden stories behind every hit
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Popular music--History and criticism. 2. Popular music--
United States--History and criticism. 3. Pop music--United
States--History. I. Title.
First eBook Edition: April 2011
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1. The Origins of Pop Music: The Jazz Age
2. The Birth of the Pop Music Star
3. The Origins of Hip Hop Music
4. The Origins of Country Music
5. The Roots of the Rock Revolution: 1950-1970
6. The Origins of Dance Music
7. The Origins of Sound Recording
8. The Origins of Video
9. The Origins of Hip-Hop Rap and Rap Music
10. The Origins of Soul Music: '60s and Beyond
11. The Origins of Gospel Music
12. The Origins of Black and Latino Music
13. The Global Roots of Pop Music
About the Author
As the decades roll by, the music of popular culture increasingly appears to fade into the past. No more can the current generation of children and teenagers hear the sounds of Elvis, the Beatles, or the Stones. For many people, even the name of a major pop music label (MGM, Verve, Elektra, Motown, Mercury, Capitol, Polygram, etc.) is unfamiliar. Even for young adults, the last wave of the pop music explosion—the late '70s and '80s—may seem almost incomprehensible.
This book deals with the origins of those sounds that continue to hold a great deal of power in the ears of contemporary listeners. Its m is to give a glimpse of a complex history, and a glimpse is all that can be offered in any one work. But its approach is also meant to be provocative, and to challenge some of the received wisdom of the field. A brief review of the past is necessary, however, if a full understanding of the contemporary phenomena is to be gned.
One of the most compelling aspects of this music history is the remarkable rise