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  • The Mix 'N' Match Pop Quiz Bookby Kevin Snelgrove

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 5.49

    Brief Description: Are you knowledgeable about pop music? Can you reel off the names of groups from years gone by and their lead singers? Can you recall chart topping hits from the past and who sung them? If so, this exciting quiz book will quickly uncover how much you really know about the history of pop music. Which year did Elvis Presley have a... more...

  • Traces of the Spiritby Robin Sylvan

    NYU Press 2002; US$ 26.00

    Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observation, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads, and Hip Hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a comprehensive theoretical framework in which to study music and popular culture. more...

  • Rock Musicby Peter Wicke; Rachel Fogg

    Cambridge University Press 1990; US$ 37.00 US$ 30.34

    A stimulating and penetrating study of rock music, from rock 'n' roll to the present day. more...

  • Blowin? the Blues Awayby Travis A. Jackson

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    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...

  • Bossa Novaby Ruy Castro; Julian Dibbell

    Chicago Review Press 2012; US$ 14.99

    Bossa nova is one of the most popular musical genres in the world. Songs such as The Girl from Ipanema? (the fifth most frequently played song in the world), The Waters of March,? and Desafinado? are known around the world. Bossa Novaa number-one bestseller when originally published in Brazil as Chega de Saudadeis a definitive history of this seductive... 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...

  • American Popular Song Lyricistsby Michael Whorf

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 55.00

    In this volume (a companion to American Popular Song Composers), 39 leading American lyricists from the Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the 1920s to the 1960s discuss their careers and share the stories of creating many of the most beloved songs in American music. Interviewed for radio in the 1970s, they include such writing teams as Sammy... more...

  • American Popular Song Composersby Michael Whorf

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 55.00

    In this volume, 39 of the legendary composers from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the 1920s through the 1950s discuss their careers and share the stories of creating many of the most beloved songs in American music. Interviewed for radio in the mid-1970s, they include such giants as Harold Arlen, Eubie Blake, Cy Coleman, George Duning, Sammy... more...

  • Jazz/Not Jazzby David Ake; Charles Hiroshi Garrett; Daniel Ira Goldmark

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 36.95 US$ 29.56

    What is jazz? What is gained?and what is lost?when various communities close ranks around a particular definition of this quintessentially American music? Jazz/Not Jazz explores some of the musicians, concepts, places, and practices which, while deeply connected to established jazz institutions and aesthetics, have rarely appeared in traditional... more...

  • Rock and Roll Touristby Graham Forbes

    McNidder and Grace Limited 2012; US$ 9.99

    After his much acclaimed book Rock and Roll Mountains, Graham Forbes returns with Rock and Roll Tourist. A combination of Billy Connolly meets Bill Bryson, Rock and Roll Tourist is a hugely entertaining mix of travel, rock music and humour. Rock and Roll Tourist is a travel book with a difference. Graham Forbes takes us on a roller-coaster ride around... more...