Everybody's Doin' It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917 (Hardback)
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Everybody's Doin' It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917 (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 10/09/2019
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Everybody's Doin' It follows the birth of popular music, including ragtime and jazz, to the convivial meeting places for sex, drink, music, and dance. Whether a single piano player or small band, live music was a nightly feature in New York's spirited basement bars, dance halls, and concert saloons. There men and women, often black and white, mingled freely-to the horror of the elite. This rollicking demimonde drove innovative new music and dance styles. Irving Berlin with his hit "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band make appearances, but so do Stephen Foster and Charles Dickens.

To re-create this underground world, musicologist Dale Cockrell mines tabloids, court records, exposes, journals, and reports of undercover detectives working for private social- reform organizations. Everybody's Doin' It illuminates the how, why, and where of America's popular music and its buoyant journey from Five Points uptown to Tin Pan Alley.

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9780393608946
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Cockrell's fascinating story and soundtrack of disorderly old Gotham will delight New York City historians and music buffs alike." -- Publishers Weekly
"Everybody's Doin' It exposes the interracial and underworld origins of popular song and dance in the United States. Cockrell takes us into the sensual confines of the nineteenth-century concert saloons, cabarets, dives and dance halls propagating a new cultural genre: American popular music." -- Timothy J. Gilfoyle, author of City of Eros
"Another scintillating gem from one of the rock stars of American musicology. Cockrell draws on sources we didn't know existed to draw conclusions we couldn't have foreseen. He not only illuminates the music of the title's time period but also puts jazz scholarship on a different footing. Everybody should be readin' it!" -- Robert Walser, author of Running with the Devil
"Cockrell takes us on a bawdy trip back to the dives and concert saloons of old New York. His book is one hell of a ride into the past, and a complicated one: he reminds us of the tragic fact that prostitution, ubiquitous at the time-after all, what options did women then have to?survive?-was an integral part of New York's rollicking music scene." -- Alice Sparberg Alexiou, author of Devil's Mile
"Dale Cockrell tells the stories of cellar clubs and what he calls the?`discord of the dives.' He scrapes the bottom of the archives to scour reports by police, tabloids, and moral reformers. Cockrell reads this neglected evidence with exuberant skepticism.?Racy scholarship does the Grizzly Bear here with theoretical rigor." -- William Lhamon, author of Raising Cain
"In this brilliant and important study, Dale Cockrell reveals the conditions within which black and white artists forged the idioms of American popular music. You'll never listen to ragtime the same way again!" -- Susan McClary, author of Feminine Endings
"I devoured this book and had to keep reminding myself that Dale Cockrell couldn't have actually been there in person! His?keen archivist's gaze has once again opened a new world for readers, showing us how much has changed and how much has stayed the same, from backroom saloons of the 1870s to Studio 54 in the 1970s." -- Daniel Goldmark, director, Center for Popular Music Studies

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