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  • Music and Social Change in South Africaby Kathryn Olsen

    Temple University Press 2014; US$ 64.50

    Music and Social Change in South Africa looks at contemporary maskanda-a folk musical genre distinguished by fast guitar picking and blues-style vocal intonation-against the backdrop of South Africa's history. A performance practice that emerged in the early decades of the twentieth century among Zulu migrant workers, maskanda is strongly associated... more...

  • Music of the Common Tongueby Christopher Small

    Wesleyan University Press 2011; US$ 25.99

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

  • Musik in den Konzentrationslagern Auschwitz und Theresienstadt: Kunst als Widerstand gegen Grausamkeit und Unterdrückungby Jens Peitzmeier

    Diplomica Verlag 2014; US$ 32.40

    ?Kunst ist ein Stück Lebensgestaltung in dem Sinne, als sie wesentlich dazu beiträgt, die menschliche Persönlichkeit zu formen im Geiste humanistischer Ideale ? ein Element der Lebensgestaltung, der Lebensförderung, der Lebensbestätigung im Dienste der Humanität ... Kunst war Widerstand im tiefsten Sinne dieses Wortes, sie war Widerstand gegen den... more...

  • Nga Moteateaby Jane McRae; Heni Jacob

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 21.88

    The songs of Maori tradition are a living art form and an abundant source of knowledge about tribal history and culture. From the 1920s, Sir Apirana Ngata began collecting and annotating these traditional songs ? a massive undertaking that, with the help of translators Pei Te Hurinui Jones and later Hirini Moko Mead, became the treasured four-volume... 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...

  • Sitting Inby Hayden Carruth

    University of Iowa Press 1993; US$ 29.95

    This collection of essays and poems about the influence of jazz on writing and culture in this country, an expanded edition of the 1986 publication, is a rewarding volume for all those entranced by jazz. Carruth brings his considerable poetic and literary sensibilities to bear on a topic very near to his heart: "Those who are devoted primarily to... more...

  • The Smell of Deathby Bruce Duff; Cheetah Chrome; Tony Adolescent

    Rare Bird Books 2014; US$ 9.99

    Musician, producer, manager, rock journalist, indie label executive: Southern California native Bruce Duff has seen and been a part of more rock and roll fantasies come to life than the average guy with long hair and a penchant for living the dream. From playing with the legendary GG Allin, the Angry Samoans' Jeff Dahl, and the Dead Boys' Cheetah... more...

  • Songs from the Edge of Japan: Music-making in Yaeyama and Okinawaby Dr Matt Gillan; Professor Keith Howard

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 149.95

    Since the early 1990s, Okinawan music has experienced an extraordinary boom in popularity throughout Japan. Musicians from this island prefecture in the very south of Japan have found success as performers and recording artists, and have been featured in a number of hit films and television dramas. In particular, the Yaeyama region in the south of... 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...

  • 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...