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On Main Street, U.S.A.

Gage Averill

in Four Parts, No Waiting

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195116724
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849550 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116724.003.0005

Series: American Musicspheres Series

On Main Street, U.S.A.

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The period in which barbershop harmonies were still in the revival stage was interfered with as World War II caused several changes to this process of recovery. Because of this, barbershop enthusiasts felt the need to defend and maintain the barbershop harmony practice. Barbershop quartet singing, as pointed out by various publications and press, became a method of patriotic service as it is said to involve sentimental and non-classist values. This chapter deals first with how military rule had caused the barbershop movement to deal with fascism, and the rising divergence between capitalism and communism. Secondly, this chapter discusses the issues that were brought about by the growth and conflict within the community of barbershop organizations.

Keywords: patriotic service; military rule; World War II; fascism; capitalism; communism; internal growth; barbershop organizations

Chapter.  16727 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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