Dedicated to preserving the best music
from the 20th century for future generations.
The Rise of Recorded Music, and the Best Music of the Twentieth Century.
A superb introduction to the first century of recorded music for young music fans, music students, or anyone who wants to load their device with great music.
That’s Music is 364 pages of 20th century American history as experienced by the musicians who put the sound to it.
This book introduces future generations to the best music of the 20th century, the musicians, and the songs they produced as a legacy to an art form.
And on it goes from the Big Band Jazz and Swing era of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, the Classical Greats, best of the Jazz Pianists, the Legendary Crooners, through the ’50s, the Doo-Wop and Rockabilly era, the Motown experience, Gospel, Rhythm and Blues, Memphis Blues, the great Rock era of the ’60s and ’70s, through the Golden Years of Country Music and the Pop music of the ’80s, ’90s Smooth Jazz, and on up through the year 2000.
There were two great periods of musical renaissance in the 20th century. The first, from the 1920s and ’30s, contains a treasury of exquisite music that is little heard in the 21st century. That music still resonates and should see a revival. The second, from the 1960s and ’70s, offers an astounding amount of timeless music that can and should be enjoyed in the centuries to come. All current and future generations need is a proper introduction to this exquisite body of work. Their lives can be enriched by it.
The goal of this book is to educate and encourage future generations to identify and enjoy the best music of the 20th century, and to step to the microphone to create their own century of beautiful music.
That’s Music recommends over 1,500 lasting pieces of music and includes over 300 photos to give life to the artists that built the music industry and provide a photo-graphic journey through the first 100 years of music.
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Gospel music, the Blues, Country, Folk, R&B, Rock ‘N’ Roll…the genres are so distinct and yet all related. Through spirited prose and a deep love for all music, Hal Bird offers us a near-comprehensive treasury of music, encompassing the entire 20th century. Adorned with high-end images, the book is educational, richly nostalgic, and inspirational. Bird often recommends hidden gems from our favorite artists, which you can enjoy on That’s Music Radio on this website or That’s Music on Spotify. This is a wonderful primer for young people who yearn to understand the myriad of genres and artists of 1900s music. For us older folk, it’s a happy skip down memory lane.