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Arnold Shaw (1909-1989) was a songwriter and music business executive, primarily in the field of music publishing, who is best known for his comprehensive series of books on 20th century American popular music.

Shaw entered the field of popular music during the 1940s, as a pianist and composer. He did not make a major mark in this field: his best-known compositions include Mobiles and The Mod Moppet: Seven Nursery Rip-offs, and “Sing a Song of Americans,” for which Rosemary Benet and Steven Vincent Benet wrote the lyrics. In 1945, he entered the business end of the popular music scene, as director of publicity and advertising for Leeds Music Corporation (later to become MCA Music). He went on from there to the Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, also a music publishing company, where he spent most of his business career. During the 1950s and 1960s, he also handled public relations and advertising for a number of individual performers, including Elvis Presley, Burt Bacharach and Paul Simon.

His first book on music, Gene Krupa First Authentic Life Story of America's Ace Drummer Man, came out in 1945, and he published a biography of Harry Belafonte in 1960. His significant career as a writer, however, came in the 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the 1969 publication of The Rock Revolution: What's Happening to Today's Music.

His books included histories of popular music in the 1920s, 1930s, 1950s and 1960s, books on jazz, and books on African-American music. Honkers And Shouters. The Golden Years Of Rhythm And Blues is considered the definitive text on that musical form.

In 1985, Shaw founded the Popular Music Research Center at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, which today contains approximately 20,000 records, over 1000 manuscript scores, over 300 taped interviews of popular music artists, and miscellaneous memorabilia. Upon his death in 1989, the research center was renamed the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center in his honor.

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Total Books: 20
Let's Dance Popular Music in the 1930s
1998 - Let's Dance Popular Music in the 1930s (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195053074
ISBN-10: 0195053079
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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The Jazz Age Popular Music of the 1920's
1989 - The Jazz Age Popular Music of the 1920's (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195060829
ISBN-10: 0195060822
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Jazz Age Popular Music of the 1920's
1987 - Jazz Age Popular Music of the 1920's (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195038910
ISBN-10: 0195038916
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Honkers and Shouters The Golden Years of Rhythm and Blues
1986 - Honkers and Shouters the Golden Years of Rhythm and Blues (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780020617402
ISBN-10: 0020617402
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Black Popular Music in America From the Spirituals Minstrels and Ragtime to Soul Disco and Hip-Hop
Sinatra The Entertainer
1984 - Sinatra the Entertainer (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780933328433
ISBN-10: 0933328435
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Dictionary of American Pop Rock
1983 - Dictionary of American Pop Rock (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780028723600
ISBN-10: 0028723600
Genres: Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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Sinatra Twentienth Century Romantic
1969 - Sinatra Twentienth Century Romantic (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9786717711163
ISBN-10: 6717711167
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Honkers and shouters The golden years of rhythm and blues
Honkers and Shouters the Golden Years of Rhythm and Blues (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780026100007
ISBN-10: 0026100002
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The Rock Revolution
The Rock Revolution (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780027824001
ISBN-10: 0027824004
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Dictionary of American Pop-Rock
Dictionary of American Pop-rock (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780028723501
ISBN-10: 0028723503
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52nd St the Street of Jazz
52nd St the Street of Jazz (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780306800689
ISBN-10: 0306800683
Genre: History
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The Rockin' 50s The Decade That Transformed the Pop Music Scene
The Rockin' 50s the Decade That Transformed the Pop Music Scene [Da Capo Paperback] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780306803017
ISBN-10: 0306803011
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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SINATRA RETREAT OF THE ROMANTIC
Sinatra Retreat of the Romantic [CORONET BOOKS] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340126448
ISBN-10: 0340126442
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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The World of Soul Black America's Contribution to the Pop Music Scene
Sinatra Retreat of the Romantic
Sinatra Retreat of the Romantic (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780491001618
ISBN-10: 0491001614
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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The World of Soul Black America's Contribution to the Pop Music Scene
Street That Never Slept
Street That Never Slept (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789997554987
ISBN-10: 9997554981
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