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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • Kentucky Countryby Charles K. Wolfe

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    A lively tour of the state's music, from the days of string bands through hillbilly, western swing, gospel, bluegrass, and honkey-tonk to through the Nashville Sound and beyond. Through personal interviews with many of the living legends of Kentucky music, Charles K. Wolfe illuminates a fascinating and important area of American culture. The list... more...

  • Jewish Identitiesby Klara Moricz

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 60.00

    Jewish Identities mounts a formidable challenge to prevailing essentialist assumptions about "Jewish music," which maintain that ethnic groups, nations, or religious communities possess an essence that must manifest itself in art created by members of that group. Klára Móricz scrutinizes concepts of Jewish identity and reorders ideas about twentieth-century... more...

  • Folk Cityby Stephen Petrus; Ronald D. Cohen

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 26.99

    From Washington Square Park and Café Society to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the famous folk music revival of the 1950s and '60s. Folk City , by Stephen Petrus and Ronald Cohen, explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide... more...

  • Gongs and Pop Songsby Jennifer A. Fraser

    Ohio University Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    Scholarship on the musical traditions of Indonesia has long focused on practices from Java and Bali, including famed gamelan traditions, at the expense of the wide diversity of other musical forms within the archipelago. Jennifer A. Fraser counters this tendency by exploring a little-known gong tradition from Sumatra called talempong, long associated... more...

  • Literacy and Orality in Eighteenth-Century Irish Songby Julie Henigan

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 52.95

    Focusing on several distinct genres of eighteenth-century Irish song, Henigan demonstrates in each case that the interaction between the elite and vernacular, the written and oral, is pervasive and characteristic of the Irish song tradition to the present day. more...

  • The Politics of Songs in Eighteenth-Century Britain, 1723–1795by Kate Horgan

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    Horgan analyses the importance of songs in British eighteenth-century culture with specific reference to their political meaning. Using an interdisciplinary methodology, combining the perspectives of literary studies and cultural history, the utilitarian power of songs emerges across four major case studies. more...

  • When the Spirit Says Sing!by Kerran L. Sanger

    Taylor and Francis 1995; US$ 47.95

    First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • The Blues: A Very Short Introductionby Elijah Wald

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 7.99

    This VSI provides a brief history of the blues genre's main movements and most influential artists and gives a sense of the breadth of the blues field. Beginning with the music's roots in African and African-American styles, European folk music, and popular forms such as minstrelsy and ragtime, it traces how blues evolved over the course of the twentieth... more...

  • Speak it Louderby Deborah Wong

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 51.95

    Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music documents the variety of musics-from traditional Asian through jazz, classical, and pop-that have been created by Asian Americans. This book is not about "Asian American music" but rather about Asian Americans making music. This key distinction allows the author to track a wide range of musical genres.... more...

  • Classic Countryby Charles K. Wolfe

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 41.95

    Now for the first time, country music authority Charles K. Wolfe gathers together his profiles of 50 legends of country music, including Bill Monroe, Lefty Frizzell, and Kitty Wells. more...