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  • Lil Wayneby Saddleback Educational Publishing

    Saddleback Educational Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    There's no doubt about it, today's students listen to an average of 2.5 hours of music every day. Guess what they are listening to? Hip-hop is mainstream, continually topping Billboard's Hot 100 charts. These hi-lo biographies engage striving readers from the very beginning with blinged-out covers, stunning four-color photographs, modern and graphic... more...

  • The German Cabaret Legacy in American Popular Musicby William Farina

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 55.00

    The stylistic remnants of cabaret music from Weimar-era Germany are all around us. During the 20th century, its most prominent American exponents were the Germans Marlene Dietrich and Lotte Lenya, whose careers extended through the 1970s. Because of them (and others), the words and music of such artists as Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Hollaender,... more...

  • Brazilian Popular Music and Globalizationby Charles A. Perrone; Christopher Dunn

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 43.95

    This collection of articles by leading scholars traces the history of Brazilian pop music through the twentieth-century. more...

  • Redefining Mainstream Popular Musicby Sarah Baker; Andy Bennett; Jodie Taylor

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 51.95

    Redefining Mainstream Popular Music is a collection of seventeen essays that critically examines the idea of the "mainstream" in and across a variety of popular music styles and contexts. Notions of what is popular vary across generations and cultures ? what may have been considered alternative to one group may be perceived as mainstream to another.... more...

  • Before Elvisby Larry Birnbaum

    Scarecrow Press 2012; US$ 45.99

    An essential work for rock fans and scholars, Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock ?n? Roll surveys the origins of rock ?n? roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Unlike other histories of rock, Before Elvis offers a far broader and deeper analysis of the influences on rock music. Dispelling common misconceptions,... more...

  • The Persistence of Sentimentby Mitchell Morris

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    How can we account for the persistent appeal of glossy commercial pop music? Why do certain performers have such emotional power, even though their music is considered vulgar or second rate? In The Persistence of Sentiment , Mitchell Morris gives a critical account of a group of American popular music performers who have dedicated fan bases and... more...

  • The Lost Women of Rock Musicby Helen Reddington

    Equinox Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 24.95

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s a new phenomenon emerged in UK popular music - female guitarists, bass-players, keyboard-players and drummers began playing in bands. Before this time, women’s presence in rock bands, with a few notable exceptions, had always been as vocalists. This sudden influx of female musicians into the male domain of rock... more...

  • Looking Up at Downby William Barlow

    Temple University Press 2011; US$ 38.95

    More than just a history of a musical genre, Looking Up at Down traces the evolution of the various strands of blues music within the broader context of the culture on which it commented, and discusses its importance as a form of cultural resistance and identity for Afro-Americans. William Barlow explores the lyrics, describes the musical styles,... more...

  • They Sing the Wedding of Godby John Napier

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 55.00

    In Rajasthan, India, a caste of musicians and mendicants, the Nath-Jogis, sing stories of kings who renounce their thrones to become wandering mendicants. They also sing of a god, Mahadeva, Shiva, who must abandon his world-renouncing life and marry, thus establishing the very caste that tells his story. This is the first detailed ethnomusicological... more...

  • Jazz in New Orleansby Charles Suhor

    Scarecrow Press 2001; US$ 69.99

    Jazz in New Orleans provides accurate information about, and an insightful interpretation of, jazz in New Orleans from the end of World War II through 1970. more...