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  • Chicago Jazzby William Howland Kenney

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 19.95

    Charts the development of jazz in Chicago before, during and after World War I. In addition to detailing the technical aspects of the jazz form that evolved during this time, the author describes the social and political ramifications of early urban jazz. more...

  • The Voices that Are Goneby Jon W. Finson

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 48.00

    Presenting a guided tour of topically arranged popular songs, the author of this text views the mores and values of 19th-century Americans as seen therein. He points out important landmarks and lesser sights providing colour and context. more...

  • Jazzby James Lincoln Collier

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 19.95

    More than a chronological history of a unique musical form, this study examines how jazz influenced American society. The author argues that jazz both reflects and celebrates a uniquely American world view. more...

  • Is Rock Dead?by Kevin J.H. Dettmar

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 38.95

    Rock and roll's death has been forecast nearly since its birth; the country song "The Death of Rock and Roll" appeared in September 1956, showing that the music had already outraged a more conservative listening audience. Is Rock Dead? sets out to explore the varied and sometimes conflicting ways in which the death of rock has been discussed both... more...

  • Stir It Upby Gene Santoro

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 44.99

    It's a clich? that the world is shrinking. As Gene Santoro sees it in his second collection of essays, music is one arena where that clich? takes on a real, but paradoxical, life: while music crisscrosses the globe with ever greater speed, musicians seize what's useful, and expand their idioms more rapidly.More and more since the 1960s, musicians,... more...

  • Highway 61 Revisitedby Gene Santoro

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 39.99

    What do Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Cassandra Wilson, and Ani DiFranco have in common? In Highway 61 Revisited , acclaimed music critic Gene Santoro says the answer is jazz--not just the musical style, but jazz's distinctive ambiance and attitudes.As legendary bebop rebel Charlie Parker once put it, "If you don't... more...

  • The Jazz Traditionby Martin Williams

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 39.99

    When it was first published in 1970, this lively and fascinating book was greeted with almost universal acclaim. The American Record Guide called it "the best one-volume of jazz we have," and the Jazz Journal praised it as "a brilliant study of the whole of jazz." Perhaps the greatest tribute was paid by Louis Armstrong himself who raved: "it... more...

  • Queering the Popular Pitchby Sheila Whiteley

    Routledge 2006; US$ 29.95

    A collection of essays that situate queering within the discourse of sex and sexuality in relation to popular music, this investigation addresses the changing debates within gay, lesbian and queer discourse in relation to the dissemination of musical texts. It provides a discourse in the field of musicological research. more...

  • 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...