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Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres

by Kelefa Sanneh Author

Popular music has the power to both unite and divide us. Music and the cult tribes it forms, along with the different genres that emerge from it, give us a way to track larger forces and concerns across our changing political landscape. Major Labels debunks cherished myths, reappraises beloved heroes, and upends familiar ideas of musical greatness, arguing that sometimes the best popular music isn't transcendent - and that while artists express our grudges and hopes, they are just as motivated by greed as they are by inspiration. Sure to both shock and awe music nerds everywhere, this deep study of the music industry is an essential voice in the land of music culture. (This title may contain a sharpie mark on the top or bottom edge and may show mild signs of shelfwear.)