Novelty Records: A Topical Discography, 1900 - 2015 (Paperback)

Novelty Records: A Topical Discography, 1900 - 2015 By Frank W. Hoffmann, B. Lee Cooper Cover Image

Novelty Records: A Topical Discography, 1900 - 2015 (Paperback)

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This lengthy discography is a supplementary volume to NOVELTY RECORDS: SELECTED SUBJECTS AND ARTISTS (Paw Paw Press, 2015). It profiles more than 2,000 novelty releases. This investigation of novelty tunes spans more than a century of American recording history. It is organized alphabetically according to individual song titles and by specific topical themes. That is, the text features single novelty hits arranged from "ape call" to "zombie jamboree" as well as selected groups of novelty tunes under general themes ranging from "alcohol use and abuse" to "zombies and other creatures of the night". The authors have created a distinctive listing approach that highlights major novelty songs and key novelty themes with capital letters. Additional novelty recordings are also listed in lower case letters. These latter non-capitalized releases are regarded as either answer songs to previous novelty releases or follow-up, supportive topical novelty tunes. In all cases, though, this discography provides a broad survey of novelty recordings released between 1900 and 2015.
B. Lee Cooper is a freelance writer and popular music critic. Over the past 40 years he has been a professor of history and American culture, a dean of students, a provost and vice president for academic affairs, and a university president. He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (B.S., 1964), Michigan State University (M.A., 1965), Ohio State University (Ph.D., 1971), and Newman University (D.H.L., 2009). He also studied at the Institute for Educational Management (I.E.M., 1980) at Harvard University. Dr. Cooper has an avid interest in 20th Century American popular music. He collects blues, doo-wop, novelty, rockabilly, and rock 'n' roll recordings. His scholarly pursuits in popular music include bibliography, discography, lyric analysis, song theme identification, and biographical studies. Dr. Cooper has authored more than 500 book and record reviews and over 150 articles that have appeared in 40 different scholarly journals and music magazines. He has also published 15 books, including A RESOURCE GUIDE TO THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY SONG LYRICS, 1950-1985 (Greenwood Press, 1986), ROCK MUSIC IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE -- 3 Volumes (Haworth, 1995, 1997, 1999), THE POPULAR MUSIC HANDBOOK (Libraries Unlimited, 2004), and NEW ORLEANS MUSIC: LEGACY AND SURVIVAL (Routledge, 2008). In 1983 he received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music research after publication of IMAGES OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN POPULAR MUSIC (Nelson-Hall, 1982). Dr. Cooper is currently President and CEO of Popular Music Research, Ltd., a voluntary association of scholars and teachers who assist young writers with music-related projects. Frank W. Hoffmann served as a Professor of Library & Information Science, as well as Music, from 1979 to 2014. He has written more than fifty trade books (publishers include Routledge, Haworth, Scarecrow, Shoe String and Libraries Unlimited) and thirty e-books (available from NetLibrary and Amazon.com). He has won the Choice Magazine Best Academic Books award for both THE LITERATURE OF ROCK and INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AND CENSORSHIP.
Product Details ISBN: 9781515297215
ISBN-10: 1515297217
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: July 30th, 2015
Pages: 498
Language: English