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American music

The music of the United States includes a number of kinds of distinct folk and popular music, including some of the most widely-recognized styles in the world. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_the_United_States [Sept 2005]

The USA was along with Jamaica one of the first geographical places where white music and black music fused. The UK is third place where this happened.

American popular music

The United States has produced many of the most popular musicians and composers in the modern world. Beginning with the birth of recorded music, American performers have continued to lead the field of popular music, which, out of "all the contributions made by Americans to world culture... has been taken (most) to heart by the entire world" [1]. The country has seen the rise of many popular styles, including ragtime, the blues, jazz, rock, R&B, doo wop, gospel, soul, funk, heavy metal, punk, disco, house, salsa, grunge and hip hop. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_popular_music [Sept 2005]

see also: USA - popular music

American music stores

Soul, jazz, Latin, Brazil, funk, acid jazz, hip hop, and lounge on vinyl and CD, hard-to-find imports, reissues, classic LPs, old school 12-inch singles, and funky 45s. --http://www.dustygroove.com/ [Aug 2006] Soul, jazz, Latin, Brazil, funk, acid jazz, hip hop, and lounge on vinyl and CD, hard-to-find imports, reissues, classic LPs, old school 12-inch singles, and funky 45s.

Black music

African American music (black music, formerly known as race music) is the music of African Americans, who have long constituted a large minority of the population of the United States. They were originally brought to North America to work as slaves in cotton plantations, bringing with them typically polyphonic songs from literally hundreds of ethnic groups across West Africa. In the United States, multiple cultural traditions merged with influences from polka, waltzes and other European music.

The influence of African Americans on mainstream American began in the 19th century, when the banjo became a popular instrument, and African-derived rhythms were incorporated into popular songs by Stephen Foster and other songwriters. In the 1830s, the Great Awakening led to a rise in Christian fundamentalism, especially among African Americans. Drawing on traditional work songs, African American slaves began performing a wide variety of Negro spirituals and other Christian music. Many of these songs were coded messages of subversion against slaveholders or escape. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_American_music [Jul 2004]

Hooteroll? (1971) - Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia

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Grateful Dead guitarist/icon Jerry Garcia was involved in any number of side projects during his illustrious career, but few as adventurous or musically far-ranging as this 1971 collaboration with keyboardist Howard Wales and a handful of other Bay Area musicians (including Garcia Band cohorts John Kahn and Bill Vitt). On his first album release outside the Dead, Garcia seldom takes center stage, instead seasoning a diverse collection of instrumentals with spare, tasty trademark fills and some propulsive funk- and R&B-inspired rhythm work. Selections like "South Side Strut" underscore Wales previous work in service of James Brown and the Four Tops, but range as far a field as the Bitches Brew-lite free form jazz of *Morning in Marin* to the gorgeous, ethereal Garcia showcase "One A.M. Approach." --Jerry McCulley

Howard Wales
Howard Wales is an American organ player and sometime collaborator of Jerry Garcia.

He was a session player for numerous musical acts, including James Brown and the Four Tops.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Wales [Aug 2005]

Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia was also an appreciative fan of jazz artists and improvisation: he played with jazz keyboardists Merl Saunders and Howard Wales for many years in various groups and jam sessions, and he appeared on saxophonist Ornette Coleman's 1988 album, Virgin Beauty. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Garcia [Aug 2005]

see also: music - USA - 1971 - keyboards

The Parents Music Resource Center

The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was a committee formed in 1985 by the wives of several congressmen. They included Tipper Gore (wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore); Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; and Nancy Thurmond, wife of Senator Strom Thurmond. Their mission was to educate parents about "alarming trends" in popular music. They claimed that rock music encouraged/glorified violence, drug use, suicide, criminal activity, etc. and sought the censorship and/or rating of music. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parents_Music_Resource_Center [Aug 2005]

see also: USA - banned music

Afro-American diaspora

But black music did not stop at the shores of the USA. It spread from New York to the United Kingdom and then invaded the European continent. Of course it has eventually been exported in a watered down version back to its origins in Africa and the Caribbean

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