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- Oxford University Press 1991; US$ 19.95
From record album liner notes to serious academic pieces, Martin Williams has been perceptively chronicling the development of jazz for over three decades. In this, his newest collection of jazz writings, Williams brings together many of his best pieces and covers new ground, with short columns on Teddy Wilson and George Winston and a longer article,... more...
- Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 26.00
As music columnist for The Nation, Gene Santoro has established himself as an important new critical voice, able to write well on a broad spectrum of popular music and jazz without losing touch with the cutting edge of today's music scene. About Nat "King" Cole, Santoro comments: "adjectives can't describe the swinging, ingratiating self-confidence... more...
- 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...
- Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 19.95
Jazz Changes is the late Martin Williams's third and perhaps best collection of jazz portraits, interviews, narrative accounts of recording sessions, rehearsals, and performances, important liner notes, and far reaching discussions of musicians and their music. The collection includes thirty years of Williams's finest pieces taking readers on an engaging... more...
- Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 19.95
Born of African rhythms, the spiritual "call and response," and other American musical traditions, jazz was by the 1920s the dominant influence on this country's popular music. Writers of the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston) and the "Lost Generation" (Malcolm Cowley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein), along... more...
- Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 44.99
This is the first study of "hard" country music as well as the first comprehensive application of contemporary cultural theory to country music. Barbara Ching begins by defining the features that make certain country songs and artists "hard." She compares hard country music to "high" American culture, arguing that hard country deliberately focuses... more...
- ABC-CLIO 2006; US$ 85.00
Recounts three decades of Hip Hop's evolution, highlighting its defining events, recordings, personalities, movements, and ideas, as well as society's response. This book provides information and insights for students, educators, and those interested in the ways pop culture reflects and shapes our lives. more...
- 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...
- Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 33.99
Kenney examines the interplay between recorded music and the key social, political, and economic forces in America during the era of the phonograph's rise and decline as the dominant medium of popular recorded sound: from the appearance of the first commercial recordings to the postwar years when the industry became more complex and less powerful. more...
- Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 39.99
In this second collection of his essays, author Santoro explores how, as music criss-crosses the globe with ever-greater speed, musicians seize what is useful to them and expand their idioms more rapidly. His subjects include: Jimi Hendrix; Paul Simon; Charles Mingus; and Thelonius Monk. more...