Music of the 1980s.
With this history, Harrison (music business and recording, Jacksonville U.) traces American music of the 1980s, particularly pop, hard rock and heavy metal, mainstream and underground rock, and country, and their prominent artists. He discusses those who became popular through MTV, such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Public Enemy; bands like Van Halen, Metallica, Poisin, and Megadeth; Bruce Springsteen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Foreigner, Heart, and college and punk groups like REM and Social Distortion; outlaw and mainstream country artists and songs; and specialized genres in the final chapter, including musical theater, smooth and free jazz, and minimalist and avant-garde classical music. (©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
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