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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • 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...

  • Performing Africaby Paulla A. Ebron

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    The jali --a member of a hereditary group of Mandinka professional performers--is a charismatic but contradictory figure. He is at once the repository of his people's history, the voice of contemporary political authority, the inspiration for African American dreams of an African homeland, and the chief entertainment for the burgeoning transnational... more...

  • Lift Every Voiceby Burton W. Peretti

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2008; US$ 31.99

    Lift Every Voice traces the roots of black music in Africa and slavery and its evolution in the United States from the end of slavery to the present day. The music's creators, consumers, and distributors are all part of the story. Musical genres such as spirituals, ragtime, the blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, and hip-hop?as... more...

  • Moving Away from Silenceby Thomas Turino

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    Increasingly popular in the United States and Europe, Andean panpipe and flute music draws its vitality from the traditions of rural highland villages and of rural migrants who have settled in Andean cities. In Moving Away from Silence, Thomas Turino describes panpipe and flute traditions in the context of this rural-urban migration and the turbulent... more...