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  • 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...

  • Living with Jazzby Dan Morgenstern

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 35.00

    A collection of essays, biographical profiles, and critical analyses by one of the twentieth century's leading jazz writers includes commentary on the work of jazz entertainers, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong, as well as assessment of the role of jazz in contemporary culture and its influence... more...

  • The Vinyl Countdownby Travis Elborough

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 16.95

    VINYL MAY BE FINAL NAIL IN CD?S COFFIN ran the headline in a Wired magazine article in October 2007. Ever since the arrival of the long?playing record in 1948, the album has acted as the soundtrack to our lives. Record collections?even on a CD or iPod-are personal treasures, revealing our loves, errors in judgment, and lapses in taste. In The... more...

  • Dark Mirrorby Donald Brackett

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2008; US$ 39.95

    Brackett explores the intricate nature of isolation and self-absorption in the singer-songwriter's creative work. more...

  • Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasionby James Perone

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 70.00

    Musical floodgates were opened after the Beatles' first appearance on ^IThe Ed Sullivan Show^R on February 9, 1964. Suddenly, the U.S. record charts, radio, and television were overrun with British rock and pop musicians. Although this British Invasion was the first exposure many Americans had to popular music from the United Kingdom, British pop... more...

  • Das Pop-Konzert als para-theatrale Formby Christian Jooß-Bernau

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 182.00

    Elvis, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Frank Zappa, Madonna? the history of pop music is also always a history of stage performances. The Pop Concert as a Para-theatrical Form is the first systematic study to concern itself with this area of research. It deals with the foundations for understanding the particular aesthetics of the pop stage.... more...

  • Cross the Water Bluesby Neil A. Wynn

    University Press of Mississippi 2007; US$ 50.00

    This unique collection of essays examines the flow of African American music and musicians across the Atlantic to Europe from the time of slavery to the twentieth century. In a sweeping examination of different musical forms--spirituals, blues, jazz, skiffle, and orchestral music--the contributors consider the reception and influence of black music... more...