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  • Bachata and Dominican Identity / La bachata y la identidad dominicanaby Julie A. Sellers

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 45.00

    Bachata--a guitar-based romantic music that debuted in Santo Domingo's urban shantytowns in the 1960s--is today one of the hottest Latin genres. Dominicans at home and abroad have embraced bachata as synonymous with national identity. Still, fans and musicians have not forgotten the social stigma the genre carried for decades. This book interweaves... more...

  • Beat sound, Beat visionby Laurence Coupe

    Manchester University Press 2012; US$ 95.00

    This book reveals the ideas behind the Beat vision which influenced the Beat sound of the songwriters who followed on from them. Having explored the thinking of Alan Watts, who coined the term ‘Beat Zen’, and who influenced the counterculture which emerged out of the Beat movement, it celebrates Jack Kerouac as a writer in pursuit of a ‘beatific’... more...

  • Bebopby Thomas Owens

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 19.95

    When bebop was new, writes Thomas Owens, "many jazz musicians and most of the jazz audience heard it as radical, chaotic, bewildering music." For a nation swinging to the smoothly orchestrated sounds of the big bands, this revolutionary movement of the 1940s must have seemed destined for a short life on the musical fringe. But today, Owens writes,... more...

  • Before Elvisby Larry Birnbaum

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 43.99

    An essential work for rock fans and scholars, Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock ?n? Roll surveys the origins of rock ?n? roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Unlike other histories of rock, Before Elvis offers a far broader and deeper analysis of the influences on rock music. Dispelling common misconceptions,... more...

  • Black, Blanc, Beurby Alain-Philippe Durand

    Scarecrow Press 2002; US$ 37.99

    Black, Blanc, Beur is about the emergence and growing notoriety of rap music and hip-hop culture in the French-speaking world (France, Quebec, and Western Africa). It provides an introduction to many forms of expression of hip-hop cultures (rap music, hip-hop dance, and graffiti/tagging). In addition to a foreword by Adam Krims, a noted rap authority,... more...

  • Black Metalby Dayal Patterson

    Feral House 2013; US$ 27.95

    Here is the most comprehensive history yet of this fascinating offshoot of extreme heavy metal. more...

  • Blowin? the Blues Awayby Travis A. Jackson

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 34.95

    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...

  • Bluegrass in Baltimoreby Tim Newby

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 35.00

    With an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 1950s, Baltimore found itself populated by some extraordinary mountain musicians and was for a brief time the center of the bluegrass world. Life in Baltimore for these musicians was not easy. There were missed opportunities, personal demons and always the up-hill battle... 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...

  • The Bluffer's Guide to Jazzby Paul Barnes

    Bluffer's Guides 2013; US$ 4.36

    From 'riffs' to 'rhythms', and the difference between 'Acid Jazz' and 'Big Band Jazz', The Bluffer's Guide to Jazz contains everything you need to give your conversation that certain 'sax' appeal. more...