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  • 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...

  • Music in the Holocaustby Shirli Gilbert

    Clarendon Press 2005; US$ 49.99

    Shirli Gilbert has produced the first large-scale, critical account of the role of music amongst communities imprisoned under Nazism. She documents a wide scope of musical activities in Nazi internment centres, and is also concerned with exploring the ways in which music - particularly the many songs that were preserved - contribute to our broader... more...

  • Musica Nortenaby Catherine Ragland

    Temple University Press 2009; US$ 32.95

    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... more...

  • Debating the Pastby Raul R. Romero

    Oxford University Press, USA 2001; US$ 94.99

    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... more...

  • Linthead Stompby Patrick Huber

    The University of North Carolina Press 2008; US$ 20.00

    Contrary to popular belief, the roots of American country music do not lie solely on southern farms or in mountain hollows. Rather, much of this music recorded before World War II emerged from the bustling cities and towns of the Piedmont South. No group contributed more to the commercialization of early country music than southern factory workers.... more...

  • Performing Africaby Paulla A. Ebron

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 32.95

    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...

  • Jewish Musical Modernism, Old and Newby Philip V. Bohlman; Sander L. Gilman

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 32.00

    Tackling the myriad issues raised by Sander Gilman’s provocative opening salvo—”Are Jews Musical?”—this volume’s distinguished contributors present a series of essays that trace the intersections of Jewish history and music from the late nineteenth century to the present. Covering the sacred and the secular, the... more...

  • Lift Every Voiceby Burton W. Peretti

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2008; US$ 23.99

    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...