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  • The Jazz Traditionby Martin Williams

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 39.99

    A blend of musical history and criticism, this study of jazz includes chapters on King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. In addition to an expanded essay on Count Basie, this edition includes pieces on Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and the World Saxophone Quartet. more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A House on Fireby John A. Jackson

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 49.99

    Gamble, Huff, and Bell were the pre-eminent soul music producers of the 1970s. This book tells the story of their meteoric rise, their years of unstoppable success, and their demise from payola, competition, a tough economy, and the inevitability of changing popular tastes. more...

  • Electric Folkby Britta Sweers

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 39.99

    Electric Folk - Revival and Transformation of English Traditional Music chronicles the history of the genre and explores its cultural implications. It characterizes electric folk as both a result of the American folk revival of the early 1960s and a reaction against the dominance of American pop music abroad. more...

  • Louisiana Hayrideby Tracey E. W. Laird

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 33.99

    Provides an examination of northwest Louisiana's unique musical milieu, home to the Louisiana Hayride, a radio barn dance between 1948 and 1960. The region's history, geography, race relations, media, and other forces set the stage for the Hayride's critical role in both country music and rock-and-roll. 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...