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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • 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...

  • Studies in Contemporary Jewryby Ezra Mendelsohn

    Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1994; US$ 164.99 US$ 141.89

    This volume examines music's place in the process of Jewish assimilation into the modern European bourgeoisie and the role assigned to music in forging a new Jewish Israeli national identity, in maintaining a separate Sephardic identity, and in preserving a traditional Jewish life. Contributions include "On the Jewish Presence in Nineteenth Century... 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 narrative... more...

  • Chasing the Rising Sunby Ted Anthony

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 19.99

    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...

  • Masters of the Sabarby Patricia Tang

    Temple University Press 2008; US$ 34.95

    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 learning... 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...

  • Debating the Pastby Raul R. Romero

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 114.99 US$ 98.89

    This volume examines how the search for "cultural authenticity," the dispute over the past, and the role of "modernity" have been instrumental in building the regional musical culture of the Mantaro Valley, a central Peruvian region with about half a million inhabitants. How these people have addressed concerns over the loss of ancient traditions... more...

  • Musica Nortenaby Catherine Ragland

    Temple University Press 2009; US$ 33.95

    Música norteña, a musical genre with its roots in the folk ballad traditions of Northern Mexico and the Texas-Mexican border region, has become a hugely popular musical style in the U.S., particularly among Mexican immigrants. Featuring evocative songs about undocumented border-crossers, drug traffickers, and the plight of immigrant workers, música... more...

  • How Britain Got the Blues: The Transmission and Reception of American Blues Style in the United Kingdomby Dr Roberta Freund Schwartz; Professor Stan Hawkins; Professor Lori Burns

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 149.95

    This book explores how, and why, the blues became a central component of English popular music in the 1960s. It is commonly known that many 'British invasion' rock bands were heavily influenced by Chicago and Delta blues styles. But how, exactly, did Britain get the blues? Blues records by African American artists were released in the United States... more...