|About the Book|
The essay collection Rhythm Revolution provides a compact but detailed analysis of significant genres, artists, and trends characterizing popular musics evolution after World War II. It addresses the creative, economic, social, and political contexts of key developments in the music itself, and the recording industry.The books chronological structure shows interconnections between different developments. Beginning with British rock and pop from the 1950s through the 1970s, the text then pairs the 1960s with soul music, and the 1970s with the rise of fusion and funk. There is a chapter devoted to the roots of reggae, and coverage of the 1980s addresses the expanding role of televised music.In addition, the material provides a wealth of detail on topics not typically covered, including the history of the album cover, and the formation and impact of specific record labels.Rhythm Revolution is ideal for teachers who want to engage their students in a detailed examination of pivotal eras and turning points. It can be used as a stand-alone text, or as a supplemental reader to standard textbooks on popular music history.Mike Alleyne earned his Ph.D. in English and cultural studies at the University of West Indies, Barbados. Currently, Dr. Alleyne is a professor in the Department of Recording Industry, College of Mass Communications at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. He has published extensively in the field, and has presented at international conferences in the West Indies, Jamaica, South Africa, and throughout Europe. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and an editorial board member of Popular Music and Society.