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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...

  • Music of the Postwar Eraby Don Tyler

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 60.00

    At the end of WWII, themes in music shifted from soldiers' experiences at war to coming home, marrying their sweethearts, and returning to civilian life. The music itself also shifted, with crooners such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra replacing the Big Bands of years past. Country music, jazz, and gospel continued to evolve, and rhythm and blues... 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 2011; 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. 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, USA 2007; US$ 18.99

    A symbol of Trinidadian culture, the steelband has made an extraordinary transformation since its origins-from junk metal to steel orchestra, and from disparaged underclass pastime to Trinidad and Tobago's national instrument. Now, Shannon Dudley gives the first discerning look at the musical thinking that ignited this transformation, and the way... more...

  • Performance and Popular Musicby Ian Inglis

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2007; US$ 39.95

    Since the emergence of rock’n’roll in the early 1950s, there have been a number of live musical performances that became hugely influential in the way they shaped the subsequent trajectory and development of popular music. Each, in its own way, introduced new styles, confronted existing practices, shifted accepted definitions, and provided... more...

  • B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtonesby George Plasketes

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 39.95

    There are undercurrents and peripheral taste preferences that are a defining part of our individual and collective cultural experience. Music is no exception. Professor George Plasketes adapts the iconic 'A-side/B-side' dichotomy from the 45 r.p.m. for use as a unique conceptual, critical, historical, and cultural framework for exploring and... more...

  • The Defence of Tradition in Brazilian Popular Musicby Sean Stroud

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2008; US$ 119.95

    Sean Stroud examines how and why Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) has come to have such a high status, and why the musical tradition (including MPB) within Brazil has been defended with such vigour for so long. He emphasizes the importance of musical nationalism as an underlying ideology to discussions about Brazilian popular music since the 1920s,... more...