Musical America

Archive Report

Growth of Musical Activity in America

UbiQuitous Flow of Music in Various Styles

Music in America is Big Business, Big Art, Big Noise. However one describes it, the salient adjective is big, for music of some sort has come to permeate nearly every aspect of American life. From the days of the psalm-singing Puritans on, Americans have been a music-making people, but never before has music been so insistently present in their lives. The technological marvels of sound reproduction, joined with commercial exploitation of man's propensity for song, have made possible a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year continuous flow of musical sound from the nation's millions of radios, television sets, record players, sound tracks, tapes, and piped-in sound systems. In addition, millions of professional and amateur vocalists and instrumental ...

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