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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...

  • Blowin? the Blues Awayby Travis A. Jackson

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 31.95

    New York City has always been a mecca in the history of jazz, and in many ways the city?s jazz scene is more important now than ever before. Blowin? the Blues Away examines how jazz has thrived in New York following its popular resurgence in the 1980s. Using interviews, in-person observation, and analysis of live and recorded events, ethnomusicologist... more...

  • Bossa Novaby Ruy Castro; Julian Dibbell

    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...

  • 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...