Ragtime, the jaunty, toe-tapping music that captivated American society from the 1890s through World War I, forms the roots of America’s popular musical expression. But the understanding of ragtime and its era has been clouded by a history of murky impressions, half-truths, and inventive fictions. Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History cuts through the murkiness. A methodical survey of thousands of rags along with an examination of then-contemporary opinions in magazines and newspapers demonstrate how the music evolved, and how America responded to it.
Open Road Distribution; June 2016
- ISBN 9781504030649
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: Ragtime
- Author: Edward Berlin
Imprint: Open Road Distribution
In The Press
“The most complete available discussion of ragtime” —Samuel A. Floyd and Marsha J. Reisser, authors of Black Music in the United States
About The Author
Edward A. Berlin’s books, articles, and lectures have changed our understanding of ragtime history. Challenging the unsupported claims of earlier scholars, he presents documented facts and tightly reasoned interpretations, bringing a new standard of critical thinking to ragtime commentary. In addition to Ragtime, he has published King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era and Reflections and Research on Ragtime.