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Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation (edició 2019)

de Jon Meacham (Autor), Tim McGraw (Autor)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A celebration of American history through the music that helped to shape a nation, by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and music superstar Tim McGraw "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw form an irresistible duo--connecting us to music as an unsung force in our nation's history."--Doris Kearns Goodwin Through all the years of strife and triumph, America has been shaped not just by our elected leaders and our formal politics but also by our music--by the lyrics, performers, and instrumentals that have helped to carry us through the dark days and to celebrate the bright ones. From "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Born in the U.S.A.," Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw take readers on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. Meacham chronicles our history, exploring the stories behind the songs, and Tim McGraw reflects on them as an artist and performer. Their perspectives combine to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping a nation. Beginning with the battle hymns of the revolution, and taking us through songs from the defining events of the Civil War, the fight for women's suffrage, the two world wars, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and into the twenty-first century, Meacham and McGraw explore the songs that defined generations, and the cultural and political climates that produced them. Readers will discover the power of music in the lives of figures such as Harriet Tubman, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and will learn more about some of our most beloved musicians and performers, including Marian Anderson, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, and more. Songs of America explores both famous songs and lesser-known ones, expanding our understanding of the scope of American music and lending deeper meaning to the historical context of such songs as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," "God Bless America," "Over There," "We Shall Overcome," and "Blowin' in the Wind." As Quincy Jones says, Meacham and McGraw have "convened a concert in Songs of America," one that reminds us of who we are, where we've been, and what we, at our best, can be.… (més)
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Títol:Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation
Autors:Jon Meacham (Autor)
Altres autors:Tim McGraw (Autor)
Informació:Random House (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 320 pages
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Jon Meacham is one of my favorite writers, so I wasn’t surprised when I found Songs of America a delight to read. It was fascinating to see how he wove his knowledge of and love for the Constitution with his interest in the musical history of our country.

Tim McGraw’s commentaries on the songs are interesting, but his writing could have used a better editor. ( )
  TeresaLuneau | Jul 13, 2020 |
Biographer Jon Meacham and country music artist Tim McGraw make an unlikely writing team, but the two paired up to write a book about American music. The book's focus is on patriotic songs and songs of protest. Beginning with songs of the Revolutionary War period and extending into recent times, the two examine the songs that struck a chord with our nation. Included in the volume are songs from slavery and from the civil rights era, songs supporting women's suffrage, and other similar occasions. Of course, war time also yielded a large repertoire of patriotic music. While the book seems well-researched, the hidden endnotes create an appeal with the average American rather than with academics. ( )
  thornton37814 | May 16, 2020 |
Everything from the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to “Born in the USA” and “I’m Proud to be American” and all the songs in between. Our Patriotic songs, protest songs, songs that reflected the America’s highs, the guided through our hard times, and often sent us off to war. This is a history of America through its music. A very interesting take on who we were and who we have become. Primarily written by John Meachem with some input in the songs themselves by Tim McGraw. ( )
  tkgbjenn1 | Nov 1, 2019 |
Great way to view American history with musical accompaniment. Meacham is insightful as usual. Well written narrative and Tim McGraw provides very intelligent analysis of key music. ( )
  Doondeck | Aug 6, 2019 |
With a narrative text by biographer/historian Jon Meacham and sidebar commentary offering perspectives from singer/songwriter Tim McGraw, “Songs of America” looks at a selection of patriotic music as it charts an insightful journey through America from the battles of the American Revolution into the twenty-first century. The songs touch a wide variety of eras: the Civil War, the women’s suffrage movement, two World Wars, civil rights, Vietnam, and the music of post-September 11th days.

The performers are a veritable who’s who of American music: Marian Anderson, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. By looking at the songs and the cultural/political climate that existed at the time of their creation, readers will discover the role music and its performers played in the shaping of our nation.

Lavishly illustrated, the book also contains an extensive bibliography.

Highly recommended. ( )
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McGraw is at his best when unraveling the technical aspects of a song—how difficult it is to sing, how its arrangement contributes to its emotional force.... eacham is an unshowy and empathetic writer who hails from the Doris Kearns Goodwin school of vaguely comforting, it’ll-be-okay-we’ve-been-here-before historical scholarship. To him, our American songbook, in all its sprawling messiness, unites more than it divides.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaThe Washington Post, Allison Stewart (Web de pagament) (Jul 10, 2019)
 
Neither the main text nor McGraw’s commentary goes particularly deep ... The authors are agreeably inclusive in their repertoire ... Not in the musicological class of Alan Lomax or at the historical heights of David Hackett Fischer’s Liberty and Freedom, but worthy reading for the anthemically minded.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaKirkus Review (May 6, 2019)
 
Music expresses the soul of a nation and illustrates its moods and contradictions from one era to another across time. This book conveys this history from the years before the war for independence to the election of Barack Obama. It jibes with the view of Henry David Thoreau: “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times and to the latest.”
 

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A patriotic song is an enchanted key to memory's deepest cells; it touches secret springs, it kindles sacred flames in chambers of the soul unvisited by other agencies. It wakes to life ten thousand slumbering chords and makes them all thrill and pulsate - just as if some loving angel's finger touched them - to that grand God-given sentiment of freedom. - Elias Nason, nineteenth century American composer
I, too, sing America. -Langston Hughes
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In the beginning were the words - the stately rhythms of the Declaration of Independence, the passionate eloquence of Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the steady notes of the constitution. - Overture: The Music of History
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A celebration of American history through the music that helped to shape a nation, by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham and music superstar Tim McGraw "Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw form an irresistible duo--connecting us to music as an unsung force in our nation's history."--Doris Kearns Goodwin Through all the years of strife and triumph, America has been shaped not just by our elected leaders and our formal politics but also by our music--by the lyrics, performers, and instrumentals that have helped to carry us through the dark days and to celebrate the bright ones. From "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Born in the U.S.A.," Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw take readers on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. Meacham chronicles our history, exploring the stories behind the songs, and Tim McGraw reflects on them as an artist and performer. Their perspectives combine to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping a nation. Beginning with the battle hymns of the revolution, and taking us through songs from the defining events of the Civil War, the fight for women's suffrage, the two world wars, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and into the twenty-first century, Meacham and McGraw explore the songs that defined generations, and the cultural and political climates that produced them. Readers will discover the power of music in the lives of figures such as Harriet Tubman, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and will learn more about some of our most beloved musicians and performers, including Marian Anderson, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, and more. Songs of America explores both famous songs and lesser-known ones, expanding our understanding of the scope of American music and lending deeper meaning to the historical context of such songs as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," "God Bless America," "Over There," "We Shall Overcome," and "Blowin' in the Wind." As Quincy Jones says, Meacham and McGraw have "convened a concert in Songs of America," one that reminds us of who we are, where we've been, and what we, at our best, can be.

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