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    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 18.00

    Nineteen riotous pieces on the seamy side of rock 'n' roll from a legendary rock writer 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...

  • The Blues Routeby Hugh Merrill

    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...

  • American Popular Song Lyricistsby Michael Whorf

    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...

  • American Popular Song Composersby Michael Whorf

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

    In this volume, 39 of the legendary composers from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the 1920s through the 1950s discuss their careers and share the stories of creating many of the most beloved songs in American music. Interviewed for radio in the mid-1970s, they include such giants as Harold Arlen, Eubie Blake, Cy Coleman, George Duning, Sammy... more...

  • Jazz/Not Jazzby David Ake; Charles Hiroshi Garrett; Daniel Ira Goldmark

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 36.95

    What is jazz? What is gained?and what is lost?when various communities close ranks around a particular definition of this quintessentially American music? Jazz/Not Jazz explores some of the musicians, concepts, places, and practices which, while deeply connected to established jazz institutions and aesthetics, have rarely appeared in traditional... more...

  • One Directionby Triumph Books

    Triumph Books 2012; US$ 12.99

    The United States is experiencing a new British Invasion—One Direction, the British boy band that has captured the hearts and attention of young Americans in a way that can only be compared to the Beatles. With the recent U.S. launch of their new album Up All Night and their current North American tour, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis have taken the... more...

  • Brit Witsby Iain Ellis

    Intellect 2011; US$ 10.00

    Humor, as much as any other trait, defines British cultural identity. It is “crucial in the English sense of nation,” argues humor scholar Andy Medhurst; “To be properly English you must have a sense of humor,” opines historian Antony Easthope. Author Zadie Smith perceives British humor as a national coping mechanism, stating, “You... more...

  • ARMED WITH ANGERby IAN GLASPER

    Cherry Red Books 2012; US$ 12.99

    Following on from his successful trilogy of books about the UK’s underground punk scene of the Eighties, Ian Glasper’s ‘Armed With Anger: How UK Punk Survived The Nineties’ is the fourth and final book in this well-received, critically-acclaimed series, this time focusing on the much-maligned period of the Nineties. Thought... more...

  • The DAY THE COUNTRY DIEDby IAN GLASPER

    Cherry Red Books 2012; US$ 10.94

    The Day The Country Died' is the long-awaited follow-up to Ian Glasper's successful 'Burning Britain', and sees the author exploring in minute detail the obscure, esoteric, UK anarcho-punk scene of the early Eighties. If the bands in 'Burning Britain' were loud, political and uncompromising, those examined in 'The Day The Country Died' were even more... more...