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Folk, national, and ethnic music

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  • 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...

  • How Britain Got the Bluesby Roberta Freund Schwartz

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2008; US$ 119.95

    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? Roberta Schwartz analyses the transmission of blues records to England,... more...

  • The Musical Traditions of Northern Ireland and its Diasporaby David Cooper

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 49.95

    Northern Ireland remains a divided community in which traditional culture, in all its manifestations, is widely understood as a marker of religious affiliation and ethnic identity. Since the outbreak of the most recent 'troubles' around 1968, the borders between the communities have often been marked by music. With the increasing espousal of... 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...

  • American Folk Songsby Norm Cohen

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2008; US$ 149.95

    Learn the history of the states through the folk songs of those who lived there! more...

  • Passport to Jewish Musicby Irene Heskes

    ABC-CLIO 1994; US$ 126.95

    The purpose of this book is to present a survey of Jewish music to illuminate its special role as a mirror of history, tradition, and cultural heritage. The 27 topical chapters have been placed within a modified chronological perspective to present a historic picture of virtually every important development in Jewish music. The book represents a culmination... more...

  • The Early Years of Folk Musicby David Dicaire

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 39.95

    This history of folk music looks at musicians, collectors and other figures from around the world. The book presents an overview of international folk roots from the seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century and shows the contributions of the artists and the evolution of folk music as a force for political and social change. Profiles of Pete... more...

  • Singing Outby David King Dunaway; Molly Beer

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 17.99

    Intimate, anecdotal, and spell-binding, Singing Out offers a fascinating oral history of the North American folk music revivals and folk music. Culled from more than 150 interviews recorded from 1976 to 2006, this captivating story spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political,... more...

  • Britpop and the English Music Traditionby Andy Bennett; Jon Stratton

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 109.95

    The genre of Britpop, with its assertion of Englishness, evolved at the same time that devolution was striking deep into the hegemonic claims of English culture to represent Britain. It is usually argued that Britpop, with its strident declarations of Englishness, was a response to the dominance of grunge. The contributors in this volume take a different... more...

  • Different Drummersby Martin Munro

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 31.95

    Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book's dazzling, wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. Martin Munro?s groundbreaking work traces the central?and contested?role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African... more...