Larry Starr is Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He is a respected scholar on the music of Ives, Gershwin, and Copland, as well as on popular music.
Christopher Waterman is Dean of the UCLA School
of the Arts and Architecture. An anthropologist specializing in the
music of Africa and the Americas, he is also a bassist who has
performed professionally in a wide variety of popular
"This is the best textbook on the market for a general popular music course for the nonmajor. It is reliable, broad, and easy to read. . . . It is a critical study that engages important cultural issues."--Gayle Murchison, The College of William and Mary
"Starr and Waterman offer the strongest historical narrative, with excellent examples, comprehensive coverage of styles, and an integrated, chronological approach."--Mary Macklem, University of Central Florida