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  • The Ballad Collectors of North Americaby Scott B. Spencer

    Scarecrow Press 2011; US$ 69.99

    Both biographical and topical, The Ballad Collectors of North America chronicles those individuals most influential in the gathering of North American folksongs and investigates the two leading schools of thought regarding the collection process, the leading proponents of those schools, and the projects shaped by them. Contributors also reflect... more...

  • Barrelhouse Bluesby Paul Oliver

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 27.99

    A pioneering scholar of the blues explores the folk traditions that predated and shaped this uniquely American music as we know it. more...

  • Beat sound, Beat visionby Laurence Coupe

    Manchester University Press 2012; US$ 95.00

    This book reveals the ideas behind the Beat vision which influenced the Beat sound of the songwriters who followed on from them. Having explored the thinking of Alan Watts, who coined the term ‘Beat Zen’, and who influenced the counterculture which emerged out of the Beat movement, it celebrates Jack Kerouac as a writer in pursuit of a ‘beatific’... more...

  • Before Elvisby Larry Birnbaum

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 43.99

    An essential work for rock fans and scholars, Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock ?n? Roll surveys the origins of rock ?n? roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Unlike other histories of rock, Before Elvis offers a far broader and deeper analysis of the influences on rock music. Dispelling common misconceptions,... more...

  • Black, Blanc, Beurby Alain-Philippe Durand

    Scarecrow Press 2002; US$ 37.99

    Black, Blanc, Beur is about the emergence and growing notoriety of rap music and hip-hop culture in the French-speaking world (France, Quebec, and Western Africa). It provides an introduction to many forms of expression of hip-hop cultures (rap music, hip-hop dance, and graffiti/tagging). In addition to a foreword by Adam Krims, a noted rap authority,... more...

  • Black Metalby Dayal Patterson

    Feral House 2013; US$ 27.95

    Here is the most comprehensive history yet of this fascinating offshoot of extreme heavy metal. more...

  • Blowin? the Blues Awayby Travis A. Jackson

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 34.95

    New York City has always been a mecca in the history of jazz, and in many ways the city?s jazz scene is more important now than ever before. Blowin? the Blues Away examines how jazz has thrived in New York following its popular resurgence in the 1980s. Using interviews, in-person observation, and analysis of live and recorded events, ethnomusicologist... more...

  • Bluegrass in Baltimoreby Tim Newby

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 35.00

    With an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 1950s, Baltimore found itself populated by some extraordinary mountain musicians and was for a brief time the center of the bluegrass world. Life in Baltimore for these musicians was not easy. There were missed opportunities, personal demons and always the up-hill battle... more...

  • The Bluesby Elijah Wald

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 9.99

    Praised as "suave, soulful, ebullient" (Tom Waits) and "a meticulous researcher, a graceful writer, and a committed contrarian" (New York Times Book Review), Elijah Wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation. In The Blues, Wald surveys a genre at the heart of American culture. It is not an easy thing to pin... more...

  • The Blues Routeby Hugh Merrill

    Garrett County Press 2012; US$ 9.99

    Journalist Hugh Merrill takes us on a sweeping road trip in search of the distinctly American music known as the blues. Tracing blues culture from its beginning in rural Mississippi up through the Delta to Chicago and beyond, Merrill visits with legendary musicians such as Son Thomas, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Valerie Wellington and Magic Slim. In fascinating... more...