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  • 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...

  • Culture on the Marginsby Jon Cruz

    Princeton University Press 1999; US$ 45.00

    In Culture on the Margins, Jon Cruz recounts the "discovery" of black music by white elites in the nineteenth century, boldly revealing how the episode shaped modern approaches to studying racial and ethnic cultures. Slave owners had long heard black song making as meaningless "noise." Abolitionists began to attribute social and political meaning... more...

  • Music of El Doradoby Dale A Olsen

    UPF 1998; US$ 34.95

    In the first comprehensive synthesis of Andean musical instruments, Dale Olsen breathes life and humanity into the music making of pre-Hispanic cultures in the northern and central Andes. He assesses three decades' worth of anthropological findings from diverse collections, museums, tombs, and temples. more...

  • Perspectives on Jewish Musicby Jonathan L. Friedmann; Mark S. Goodman; Jeff Janeczko; Vanessa Paloma; William Sharlin

    Lexington Books 2009; US$ 79.99

    Perspectives on Jewish Music presents the research and reflections of leading scholars and practitioners of Jewish secular and sacred music. The book's wide-ranging topics are examined from a variety of disciplinary approaches, including theology, ethnomusicology, sociology, and liturgical studies. more...

  • Close to the Edgeby Sujatha Fernandes

    NewSouth 2011; US$ 23.95

    At its rhythmic, beating heart this book asks whether Hip Hop can change the world. Hip Hop – rapping, rhyming, b-boying, d-jaying, graffiti - captured the imagination of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes in the Sydney suburbs in the 1990s, inspiring her and politicising her along the way. Armed with mc-ing skills, academic credentials and an urge... more...

  • Wired for Soundby Paul D. Greene; Thomas Porcello

    Wesleyan University Press 2010; US$ 20.99

    Ethnographically-grounded studies of technology in global music. more...

  • Landscapes of Indigenous Performanceby Fiona Magowan

    Aboriginal Studies Press 2005; US$ 32.00

    This collection shows how traditional music and dance have responded to colonial control in the past and more recently to other external forces beyond local control. It looks at musical pasts and presents as a continuum of creativity; at contemporary cultural performance as a contested domain; and at cross-cultural issues of recording and teaching... more...

  • Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spainby William Washabaugh

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 99.95

    Flamenco Music and National Identity in Spain illustrates the efforts of the current government in southern Spain to establish flamenco music as a significant patrimonial symbol and marker of cultural identity. Further, it aims to demonstrate that these Andalusian efforts form part of the ambitious project of rethinking the nation-state of Spain, and... more...

  • Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943by Lawrence Schenbeck

    University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 60.00

    Racial Uplift and American Music 1878-1943 traces the career of racial uplift ideology as a factor in elite African Americans' embrace of classical music around the turn of the previous century, from the collapse of Reconstruction to the death of composer/conductor R. Nathaniel Dett, whose music epitomized "uplift." After Reconstruction... more...

  • The Games Black Girls Playby Kyra D. Gaunt

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 89.00

    2007 Alan Merriam Prize presented by the Society for Ethnomusicology. 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Book Award Finalist. When we think of African American popular music, our first thought is probably not of double-dutch: girls bouncing between two twirling ropes, keeping time to the tick-tat under their toes. But this book argues that the games black girls... more...