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  • 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 2009; 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Fanatic!by Henry Rollins

    2.13.61 2009; US$ 9.00

    In 2004, when legendary Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1 asked Henry Rollins to host a show, he jumped at the chance. He chose the name “Harmony in My Head,? based on his favorite Buzzcocks tune. As lead man for Black Flag, Rollins was present at the raw beginnings of punk and knew many of its stars. But Rollins? taste encompassed more than punk,... 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...