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  • Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come Fromby Robert Springer

    University Press of Mississippi 2007; US$ 25.00

    Musicians and music scholars rightly focus on the sounds of the blues and the colorful life stories of blues performers. Equally important and, until now, inadequately studied are the lyrics. The international contributors to Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From explore this aspect of the blues and establish the significance of African American popular... more...

  • Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Controlby Stephen A. King; Barry T. Bays; P. Rene Foster

    University Press of Mississippi 2002; US$ 45.00

    Who changed Bob Marley's famous peace-and-love anthem into "Come to Jamaica and feel all right"? When did the Rastafarian fighting white colonial power become the smiling Rastaman spreading beach towels for American tourists? Drawing on research in social movement theory and protest music, Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control traces... more...

  • Traces of the Spiritby Robin Sylvan

    NYU Press 2002; US$ 75.00

    "Sylvan's thesis furnishes far more of the same valued experiences than is usually realized: ritual activity, communal ceremony, a philosophy and worldview, a code for living one's life, a cultural identity, a social structure, a sense of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous.". — Journal of Religion.... more...

  • Hip Hop Worldby Dalton Higgins

    Groundwood Books 2011; US$ 9.95

    In Hip Hop World, Dalton Higgins comprehensively examines the hip hop scene as it exists throughout the world. The book reveals the form's musical inspirations from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, African American sex satirists, comedians, civil rights-fuelled funk musicians, spoken word luminaries, and dub and Nuyorican poetry. Author Higgins... more...

  • All the Madmenby Clinton Heylin

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 29.17

    By the end of 1968 The Beatles were far too busy squabbling with each other, while The Stones had simply stopped making music; English Rock was coming to an end.  All the Mad Men tells the story of six stars that travelled to edge of sanity in the years following the summer of love: Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, Peter Green, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake,... more...

  • Maroonedby Phil Freeman

    Da Capo Press 2007; US$ 16.95

    A new generation of music critics grapples with the eternal question-what album would you bring to a desert island, and why? more...

  • Rock Musicby Peter Wicke; Rachel Fogg

    Cambridge University Press 1990; US$ 29.00

    A stimulating and penetrating study of rock music, from rock 'n' roll to the present day. more...

  • Jazz And Its Discontentsby Francis Davis

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 20.00

    A spirited collection of profiles, reporting, and commentary spanning the cultural scene by one of the finest essayists writing today more...

  • Book of Rhymesby Adam Bradley

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 16.95

    One of hip-hop studies? brightest young scholars celebrates the lyrics of hip hop as the most vivid, most revolutionary form of American poetry today more...

  • Considering Geniusby Stanley Crouch

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 16.95

    A collection of Crouch's greatest works more...