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"The Sound of Surf"

“The Sound of Surf” is the M.A. Thesis of Emile Marine Bogrand for the Annenberg School of Communication, published in July 29, 2011.

It is a great resource that covers "surf music" from its very roots, in Polynesia on to the beginning of the 21st Century. 

The author refers to it as "a chronological examination of music surrounding and associated with American surf culture over the course of the twentieth century. I also explore the roots of surf music starting where surfing first began: Hawaii. I examine ancient Polynesian cultures and surf-related music from a social standpoint as well as a more technically musical standpoint. I discuss key figures and events that are responsible for the popularization of Hawaiian culture on the American mainland and investigate what fell and falls under the categorization of surf music over the consequent decades. I have organized my research so as to simulate a historical journey through the places where surfing and music intersected."

Emile Marine Bogrand's thesis is 27 pages, with an additional 12 reference pages, and is available in digital format via the University of Southern California Digital Library (with a link also at the Digital Public Library of America):


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