Books on Music

American Popular Music

American Popular Music by Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman is an informative novel that shows how music changes with big event such as wars and The Great Depression. Popular music also changes depending on people's opinions and criticism towards music and musicians.
The Evolution Of Popular Music By Year (1890-2009) (USA) (Source: Musicoutfitters, others)

Rock and Roll: Examining Pop Culture

Rock and Roll: Examining Pop Culture, edited by Laura K. Edgindorf, various articles by various writers go through the creation and history of Rock and Roll, from the early blues of thwe Civil Rights to how the Beatles revolutionized Rock.
The Beatles "Help" Live 1965 (Reelin' In The Years Archives)

Rock and Roll: Examining Pop Culture

Say it Loud! The Story of Rap Music

Say it Loud! The Story of Rap Music, written by K. Maurice Jones, informs the reader of how the beginning of rap music was influenced. He starts off by mentioning how people go through different phases of music and rap started after the end of disco. Rap music was influenced by many different cultures such as the Caribbean and Jamaica. Jones also states that imagination plays a key role in rap music because rappers need to be able to spit out words and rhymes off of the top of their head. There are also many positive and negative effects of rap music.
Does Rap Music Influence Violent Behavior
Warning: This video may contain explicit language so listen cautiously. This video was only added to show both the positive and negative effects of rap music.