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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...