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  • Rip it Upby Kandia Crazy Horse

    Palgrave Macmillan 2006; US$ 18.00

    When Mos Def, platinum-selling New York-based rapper, decided to make a foray into rock 'n' roll, he called the band Jack Johnson. The name choice was a telling one: Johnson was the first black world heavyweight boxing champion, a man who has been described as 'fighting not only for his own dignity but also to knock white America off its... more...

  • True to the Rootsby Monte Dutton

    University of Nebraska Press 2006; US$ 24.95

    Americana music isn't just a musical form. It's a state of mind. This book charts the coordinates of this state of mind with a series of interviews and portraits from the heart of alternative country, often known to its adherents simply as OKOM: Our Kind of Music. more...

  • Popular Music of Vietnamby Dale A. Olsen

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 49.95

    Based on the author?s research in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and other urban areas in Vietnam, this study of contemporary Vietnamese popular music explores the ways globalization and free market economics have influenced the music and subcultures of Vietnamese youth, focusing on the conflict between the politics of remembering, nurtured by the Vietnamese... more...

  • Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Tasteby Lester Bangs; John Morthland

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.95

    Before his untimely death in 1982, Lester Bangs was inarguably the most influential critic of rock and roll. Writing in hyper-intelligent Benzedrine prose that calls to mind Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, he eschewed all conventional thinking as he discussed everything from Black Sabbath being the first truly Catholic band to Anne Murray?s smoldering... more...

  • Focus: Music of Northeast Brazilby Larry Crook

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 56.95

    Focus: Music of Northeast Brazil examines the historical and contemporary manifestations of the music of Brazil, a country with a musical landscape that is layered with complexity and diversity. Based on the author?s field research during the past twenty years, the book describes and analyzes the social/historical contexts and contemporary musical... more...

  • Music from behind the Bridgeby Shannon Dudley

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 21.99 US$ 18.91

    Music from behind the Bridge tells the story of the steelband from the point of view of musicians who overcame the disadvantages of poverty and prejudice with their extraordinary ambition. Literally referring to the poor neighborhoods nestled in the hills bordering Port of Spain to the East, "Behind the Bridge" is also a metaphor for conditions... more...

  • Living with Jazzby Dan Morgenstern

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 35.00

    A collection of essays, biographical profiles, and critical analyses by one of the twentieth century's leading jazz writers includes commentary on the work of jazz entertainers, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong, as well as assessment of the role of jazz in contemporary culture and its influence... more...

  • Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meetby Randall Sandke

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 25.99

    Sandke tackles the stubborn and controversial question of whether jazz is the product of an insulated African-American environment, shut off from the rest of society by strictures of segregation and discrimination; or whether it is more properly understood as the juncture of a variety of influences under the broader umbrella of American culture.... more...

  • Dark Mirrorby Donald Brackett

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2008; US$ 39.95

    Brackett explores the intricate nature of isolation and self-absorption in the singer-songwriter's creative work. more...

  • Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasionby James Perone

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 70.00

    Musical floodgates were opened after the Beatles' first appearance on ^IThe Ed Sullivan Show^R on February 9, 1964. Suddenly, the U.S. record charts, radio, and television were overrun with British rock and pop musicians. Although this British Invasion was the first exposure many Americans had to popular music from the United Kingdom, British pop... more...