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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • Rara!by Elizabeth A. McAlister

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95

    Rara is a vibrant annual street festival in Haiti, when followers of the Afro-Creole religion called Vodou march loudly into public space to take an active role in politics. Working deftly with highly original ethnographic material, Elizabeth McAlister shows how Rara bands harness the power of Vodou spirits and the recently dead to broadcast coded... more...

  • The Music of European Nationalismby Philip V. Bohlman

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 60.00

    This volume surveys the intersection of music and nationalism by tracing its historical development and interpreting its most recent forms. Several types of music are offered as examples of how music becomes a language and agent for nationalism. more...

  • Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Volume IXby Ezra Mendelsohn

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 144.99

    The essays contained in this yearbook examine the place of music in the process of Jewish assimilation into modern Europe, the role assigned to music in forging a new Jewish-Israel national identity, and the role of music in preserving a traditional Jewish lifestyle. more...

  • The Power of Black Musicby Samuel A. Floyd

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 23.99

    This study of the development of African-American music and its influence in America shows how African myths and ritual - especially the "ring-shout" dances that were ubiquitous in West Africa - underlie the development of all black musical forms in the USA. more...

  • Old-Time Music and Danceby John Bealle

    Indiana University Press 2005; US$ 19.95

    In the summer of 1972, a group of young people in Bloomington, Indiana, began a weekly gathering with the purpose of reviving traditional American old-time music and dance. In time, the group became a kind of accidental utopia, a community bound by celebration and deliberately void of structure and authority.... more...

  • The Flowering Thornby Thomas Mckean

    Utah State University Press 2003; US$ 15.95

    The flowering thorn expresses the dual nature of the ballad: at once a distinctive expression of European tradition, but also somewhat tricky to approach from a scholarly perspective, requiring a range of disciplines to illuminate its rich composition. Most of this latter quality has to do with the very features that characterize ballads... or... more...

  • Masters of the Sabarby Patricia Tang

    Temple University Press 2008; US$ 33.95

    Masters of the Sabar is the first book to examine the music and culture of Wolof griot percussionists, masters of the vibrant sabar drumming tradition. Based on extensive field research in Senegal, this book is a biographical study of several generations of percussionists in a Wolof griot ( géwël ) family, exploring and documenting their... more...

  • Chasing the Rising Sunby Ted Anthony

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 26.00

    Chasing the Rising Sun is the story of an American musical journey told by a prize-winning writer who traced one song in its many incarnations as it was carried across the world by some of the most famous singers of the twentieth century. Most people know the song "House of the Rising Sun" as 1960s rock by the British Invasion group the Animals,... more...

  • Rhapsody in Redby Sheila Melvin; JinDong Cai

    Algora Publishing 2007; US$ 45.00

    Inspiring history of the musicians, composers, and conductors who fostered Western classical music in China, written by a WSJ, NYT, IHT journalist and an internationally-known conductor. more...

  • Fiddling in West Africaby Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje

    Indiana University Press 2008; US$ 22.05

    Fiddling has had a lengthy history in Africa which has long been ignored. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje corrects this oversight with an expansive study on fiddling in the Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba cultures of West Africa. DjeDje not only explains the history of the instrument itself, but also discusses... more...