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Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Quartet

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Four Parts, No Waiting investigates the role that vernacular, barbershop-style close harmony has played in American musical history, in American life, and in the American imagination. Starting with a discussion of the first craze for Austrian four-part close harmony in the 1830s, Averill traces the popularity of this musical form in minstrel shows, black recreational ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published February 20th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2003)
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Brian Saul
Jul 10, 2009 Brian Saul rated it it was amazing
I'll need to come back to write a more complete review on this book which I found engrossing. Actually, I'd like to re-read it now that I've had a little more experience myself in a barbershop chorus and at the International Barbershop Harmony Convention held in Anaheim,CA this past Fourth of July week (2009).
I'm still trying to get my head around the distinction between barbershop harmony and the various other types of a cappella singing such as doo wop. But it's the SOCIAL history that made t
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Kathleen Cobcroft
Feb 21, 2012 Kathleen Cobcroft rated it it was amazing
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Interesting evolution of barbershoppers and their culture, though the real focus is on men's barbershop singing. The accompanying CD is quite neat - features modern and old-time examples and includes both sexes.
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