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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • Folk Musicby Ronald D. Cohen

    Routledge 2006; US$ 16.95

    Focusing on comparing and contrasting the historical nature of the three aspects of understanding folk music - traditional, local performers and professional collectors - this text explores the advent of professional performers in the twentieth century during the so-called 'folk revival'. more...

  • The Invention of 'Folk Music' and 'Art Music'by Matthew Gelbart

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 34.00

    A study tracing the origins and implications of the categories 'folk music' and 'art music'. more...

  • Experimental Musicby Gail Priest

    University of NSW Press 2008; US$ 19.99

    Experimental music has been mostly unrecognised in Australia, but it is in this ‘underground’ area that the major innovations and creative developments in music occur. Through testing perceived boundaries, breaking rules and creating new forms, the artists in this field force us to question what, in fact, music is. Written by artists who... more...

  • The British Folk Revival 1944–2002by Michael Brocken

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2007; US$ 39.95

    The British Folk Revival is the very first historical and theoretical work to consider the post-war folk revival in Britain from a popular music studies perspective. Michael Brocken charts the revival from its origins in left-wing political ideology through to the convergence of folk and pop during the 1950s and 1960s, and the fragmentation and constriction... more...

  • Discovering Folk Musicby Stephanie P. Ledgin

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 35.00

    From indigenous music to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen singing ÒThis Land Is Your LandÓ side-by-side at the pre-inaugural concert for our first African American presidentÑfolk music has been at the center of AmericaÕs history. Thomas Jefferson wooed his bride-to-be with fiddle playing. Stephen Foster captured the mood of our... more...

  • Story behind the Protest Songby Hardeep Phull

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 91.00

    Protest songs are united by the fact they all have something to say, something to dispute, or something to rile against, whether it be political, social, or personal. Story Behind the Protest Song features 50 of the most influential musical protests and statements recorded to date, providing pop-culture viewpoints on some of the most tumultuous times... 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...

  • Folk Musicby Mark Slobin

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 9.99

    When we think of folk music, most of us picture Pete Seeger singing "This Land is My Land" or Joan Baez singing "Barbara Allen." But this stimulating Very Short Introduction throws open the doors on a remarkably diverse musical genre, in a wide-ranging portrait that goes far beyond America's shores to discuss folk music of every... more...

  • Folk Music and Modern Soundby William Ferris; Mary L. Hart

    University Press of Mississippi 2008; US$ 25.00

    The essays in this collection range from the impact of technology on the British folksong revival to regional characteristics of early rock and roll in New Orleans. Attention is given to the blues, Sacred Harp singing, ethnic music, both black and white gospel, country music, and the polka. Other essays consider the relationship of music from the Yiddish-American... more...

  • Albanian Traditional Musicby Spiro J. Shetuni

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 55.00

    For most musicians and musicologists in the West, traditional Albanian music remains an obscure subject, even though Albania has produced a monumental cultural and corresponding musical heritage. This book examines the distinct musical culture of southeastern Europe, both monophonic and polyphonic, by delineating its four main musical dialects: Gheg,... more...