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    Chicago Review Press 2012; US$ 14.99

    Bossa nova is one of the most popular musical genres in the world. Songs such as “The Girl from Ipanema? (the fifth most frequently played song in the world), “The Waters of March,? and “Desafinado? are known around the world. Bossa Nova—a number-one bestseller when originally published in Brazil as Chega de Saudade—is a definitive history of this... more...

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    Garrett County Press 2012; US$ 9.99

    Journalist Hugh Merrill takes us on a sweeping road trip in search of the distinctly American music known as the blues. Tracing blues culture from its beginning in rural Mississippi up through the Delta to Chicago and beyond, Merrill visits with legendary musicians such as Son Thomas, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Valerie Wellington and Magic Slim. In fascinating... more...

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    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 55.00

    In this volume (a companion to American Popular Song Composers), 39 leading American lyricists from the Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the 1920s to the 1960s discuss their careers and share the stories of creating many of the most beloved songs in American music. Interviewed for radio in the 1970s, they include such writing teams as Sammy... more...

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    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 55.00

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    Intellect 2011; US$ 10.00

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