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Everybody's Doin' It

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Music History
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/13/2019

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Everybody's Doin' It

Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684570805
Digital Download ISBN:9781684570812

Summary

Everybody's Doin' It is the eye-opening story of popular music's seventy-year rise in the brothels, dance halls, and dives of New York City.

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Everybody's Doin' It is the eye-opening story of popular music's seventy-year rise in the brothels, dance halls, and dives of New York City. It traces the birth of popular music, including ragtime and jazz, to convivial meeting places for sex, drink, music, and dance. Whether coming from a single piano player or a small band, live music was a nightly feature in New York's spirited dives, where men and women, often black and white, mingled freely—to the horror of the elite.

This rollicking demimonde drove the development of an energetic dance music that would soon span the world. The Virginia Minstrels, Juba, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin and his hit "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and the Original Dixieland Jass Band all played a part in popularizing startling new sounds.

Musicologist Dale Cockrell recreates this ephemeral underground world by mining tabloids, newspapers, court records of police busts, lurid exposés, journals, and the reports of undercover detectives working for social-reform organizations, who were sent in to gather evidence against such low-life places. Everybody's Doin' It illuminates the how, why, and where of America's popular music and its buoyant journey from the dangerous Five Points of downtown to the interracial black and tans of Harlem.

Reviews/Praise

“Cockrell’s fascinating story and soundtrack of disorderly old Gotham will delight New York City historians and music buffs alike.” —Publishers Weekly

“In this brilliant and important study, Dale Cockrell reveals the conditions within which black and white artists forged the idioms of American popular music. You’ll never listen to ragtime the same way again!” —Susan McClary, author of Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality

Author Bio

Dale Cockrell is professor emeritus of musicology at Vanderbilt University and a research associate of the University of the Free State (South Africa). His Demons of Disorder won the C. Hugh Holman Award. He lives in Vermont and New York City.