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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • 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...

  • Discovering Folk Musicby Stephanie Ledgin

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 38.00

    From Ani DiFranco to Bob Dylan to Woodie Guthrie, American folk music comprises a truly diverse and rich tradition?one that's almost impossible to define in broad terms. This book explains why folk music is still highly relevant in the digital age. 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...

  • Austronesian Soundscapesby Birgit Abels

    Amsterdam University Press 2012; US$ 47.50

    In Austronesia?the region that stretches from Madagascar in the west to Easter Island in the east?music plays a vital role in both the construction and expression of social and cultural identities. Yet research into the music of Austronesia has hitherto been sparse. Drawing together contemporary cultural studies and musical analysis, Austronesian... 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...

  • Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japanby David W. Hughes

    BRILL 2008; US$ 133.00

    The Japanese say that ?folk song is the heart?s home town?. Traditional folk songs (min?yo) from the countryside are strongly linked to their places of origin and continue to play a role there. Today, however, they are also taught as a quasi-art music, arranged for stage and television, quoted in Westernized popular songs and so forth. more...

  • Music of the Common Tongueby Christopher Small

    Wesleyan University Press 2011; US$ 23.99

    ?A magnificent book about Afro-American music and its impact on western culture. ??Race and Class more...

  • Analytical and Cross-Cultural Studies in World Musicby Michael Tenzer; John Roeder

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 35.00

    Analytical and Cross-Cultural Studies in World Music presents intriguing explanations of extraordinary musical creations from diverse cultures across the world. All the authors are experts, deeply engaged in the traditions they describe. They recount the contexts in which the music is created and performed, and then hone in on elucidating how the music... more...