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Group Harmony–Now in Paperback

Group Harmony: The Black Urban Roots of Rhythm & Blues

Stuart L. Goosman

304 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 15 illus.

Paper 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2108-4 | $24.95 | £16.50

Group HarmonyDrawing on dozens of interviews with performers, deejays, and industry professionals, Group Harmony details the emergence of vocal rhythm & blues out of black urban neighborhoods in the postwar period.

"Goosman challenges major myths, conventional wisdom, and historical inaccuracies concerning black popular music between 1940 and 1960. . . . A groundbreaking study."–Popular Music and Society

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