Charles Hamm was a pioneer in taking American popular music seriously, and in doing so, convinced others that it was worthy of scholarship. His books Yesterdays: Popular Song in America (ML3477 .H36 1983) and Music in the New World (ML200 .H36 1983) have become standards in the field, and he was a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. He died October 16.
New York Times Obituary: Charles Hamm, Author on American Popular Music, Is Dead at 86
Books by Hamm at Stan Getz Library