Readings, Week 3, Music Genres

19th & 20th Century Popular Western Music Genres derived from African, African-American and Carib-American Music

Examine the roots and influences of each of the following genres or sub-genres of popular music, and you’ll find that they are attributed to musical genres that were initially invented by African, African-American, or Caribbean-American musicians. Links courtesy of Wikipedia

For an excellent example of a ‘work song,’ listen to James Carter singing  Po’ Lazarus, a selection from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • For fascinating charts showing the genealogy of music genres, click here.
  • For an in-depth timeline of music history, from 4000 BC to the present, see the Google Music Timeline.

Chart showing recorded-music sales by genre, 2009 (Courtesy of Music & Copyright‘s Blog)