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  • Javanese Gamelan and the Westby Sumarsam

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2013; US$ 24.99

    Javanese Gamelan and the West studies the meaning, forms, and traditions of the Javanese performing arts as they developed and changed through their contact with Western culture. Authored by agamelan performer, teacher, and scholar, the book traces the adaptations in gamelan art as a result of Western colonialism in nineteenth-century Java, showing... 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...

  • 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...

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

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    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...

  • 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...

  • Speak it Louderby Deborah Wong

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 51.95

    First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Alan Lomaxby Ronald Cohen

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 36.95

    Alan Lomax is a legendary figure in American folk music circles. Although he published many books, hundreds of recordings and dozens of films, his contributions to popular and academic journals have never been collected. This collection of writings, introduced by Lomax's daughter Anna, reintroduces these essential writings. Drawing on the Lomax Archives... more...

  • Rara!by Elizabeth McAlister

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 31.95

    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...

  • Race Musicby Guthrie P. Ramsey

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 29.95

    This powerful book covers the vast and various terrain of African American music, from bebop to hip-hop. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., begins with an absorbing account of his own musical experiences with family and friends on the South Side of Chicago, evoking Sunday-morning worship services, family gatherings with food and dancing, and jam sessions at local... more...