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“It Don’t Mean a Thing”: American Popular Music of the 1930s

A toe-tapping, finger snapping exploration of the popular music of the 1930s, featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, George Gershwin and many others.

Topics discussed include:

  • What is swing?
  • Popular songs of the Depression
  • The Rise of the Movie Musical
  • The Microphone and Its Musical Consequences
  • The Boogie Woogie Craze