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Morning Concert:
Charles Hamm on the Evolution of Popular Music

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 113 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Hamm, a noted historian and musicologist specializing in American music both serious and popular, visited KPFA in October 1980. During the ensuing interview Hamm discussed developments in South African and American popular music with Charles Amirkhanian and Chris Strachwitz, illustrating his comments with many recorded examples. Hamm, who has been involved with the study of Zulu popular music in particular reported on what he discovered during a trip to Africa. In addition Hamm traces the manner in which musical genres seem to cross-pollinate and possibly converge, and how the advent of musical recording technology has spurred this trend. Hamm, was at the time of this recording, a member of the faculty of the Music Department at Dartmouth College. He is the author of several books including the widely acclaimed, “Yesterdays: Popular Songs in America” and “Music in the New World”. The width and depth of Hamm’s understanding of all types of music make this program a delight for any fan of popular and world music.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [excerpt of a traditional Zulu song] (0:54) -- [unidentified song] (2:50) / Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- [unidentified song] (3:02) / Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- [South African pop song] (2:37) / Nabafana Bengoma -- [South African pop song] (3:30) / Flying Squad -- [South African pop song] (2:52)
Genres:  Popular Music; World Music
Subject:  Popular music; World music; Music -- South Africa; Ethnomusicology
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hamm, Charles ; Strachwitz, Chris
Recording Date:  10/22/1980
First Broadcast Date:  10/22/1980
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [a traditional Zulu farewell song done in pop music style] (3:37) -- Mother, The Queen Of My Heart (3:20) / Jimmie Rodgers -- Mama Tried (2:11) / Merle Haggard -- Make The World Go Away (2:35) / Eddy Arnold -- If You Love Me, Let Me Know (3:08) / Olivia Newton John -- Money (That's What I Want) / Barrett Strong -- Baby, I’m For Real (3:00) / The Originals -- Love Me Do [excerpt] (1:00) / The Beatles -- Something (3:00) / The Beatles
Genres:  World Music; Popular Music
Subject:  Popular music; World music; Country music; Ethnomusicology
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hamm, Charles ; Strachwitz, Chris; Rodgers, Jimmie, 1897-1933; Haggard, Merle; Arnold, Eddy, 1918-; Newton-John, Olivia; Strong, Barrett
Recording Date:  10/22/1980
First Broadcast Date:  10/22/1980
 
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