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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • Danny Boyby Malachy McCourt

    Running Press 2014; US$ 19.95

    Everyone can hum this haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. The most requested Irish song, it has been recorded by a variety of performers ranging from Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Kate Smith to the Pogues. The complete story of this moving tune has been shrouded in mystery until now. Where did "Danny Boy" originate, who... more...

  • Music Theory in Mamluk Cairoby Owen Wright

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 134.95

    The ""yat al-ma"l"b f" 'ilm al-adw"r wa-'l-"ur"b by Ibn Kurr is the only theoretical text of any substance that can be considered representative of musicological discourse in Cairo during the first half of the fourteenth century CE. Indeed, nothing comparable survives from the whole Mamluk period, which... more...

  • Hot from Harlemby Bill Reed

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2009; US$ 39.95

    From the early days of minstrelsy to Black Broadway, this book is the story of African American entertainment as seen through the eyes of some of its most famous as well as others of its practitioners. The book moves from the beginning of African American participation in show business up through the present age. Will Marion Cook and Billy McClain... 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...

  • Women's Songs from West Africaby Thomas A. Hale; Aissata G. Sidikou

    Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 42.99

    Exploring the origins, organization, subject matter, and performance contexts of singers and singing, Women's Songs from West Africa expands our understanding of the world of women in West Africa and their complex and subtle roles as verbal artists. Covering Côte d'Ivoire, the Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and beyond, the essays attest to... more...

  • Lift Every Voice and Singby Julian Bond; Sondra Kathryn Dr Wilson

    Random House Publishing Group 2001; US$ 29.95

    "A group of young men in Jacksonville, Florida, arranged to celebrate Lincoln's birthday in 1900. My brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, and I decided to write a song to be sung at the exercise. I wrote the words and he wrote the music. Our New York publisher, Edward B. Marks, made mimeographed copies for us and the song was taught to and sung by a chorus... more...

  • 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...

  • Discovering Folk Musicby Stephanie Ledgin

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 34.95

    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...

  • Fiddling for Norwayby Chris Goertzen

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 30.00

    Fiddling for Norway is an engrossing portrait of a fiddle-based folk revival in Norway, one that in many ways parallels contemporary folk institutions and festivals throughout the world, including American fiddling. It is a detailed case study in the politics of culture, the causes and purposes of folk revivals, and the cultivation of music to define... more...

  • The Late Victorian Folksong Revivalby E. David Gregory

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 82.99

    This book traces the early history of the first English folksong revival during the late Victorian era, focusing on the work of three prominent song collectors, Sabine Baring-Gould, Frank Kidson and Lucy Broadwood. It follows E. David Gregory's earlier book, Victorian Songhunters , continuing the story of English folksong collecting from when... more...