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  • 31 Songsby Nick Hornby

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 12.78

    31 Songs is best-selling author Nicky Hornby's ultimate desert island disks Through thirty-one songs that he either loves or has loved, Nick Hornby tells us what music means to his life. These personal and passionate pieces - refreshingly free of pretension - are a celebration of the joy that certain songs have given him. Together with additional... more...

  • 1000 Songs that Rock Your Worldby Dave Thompson

    F+W Media 2011; US$ 19.99

    1000 Songs That Rock Your World is the ultimate visual guide to the best rock music ever produced. From Abba to ZZ Top, it's not simply the ideal playlist, it's a one-stop catalog of a half-century of Rock 'n' Roll. Showcasing songs by nearly 500 artists in all rock genres, 1000 Songs That Rock Your World goes behind the scenes to uncover the fascinating... more...

  • Hip Hop Africaby Eric Charry

    Indiana University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Hip Hop Africa explores a new generation of Africans who are not only consumers of global musical currents, but also active and creative participants. Eric Charry and an international group of contributors look carefully at youth culture and the explosion of hip hop in Africa, the embrace of other contemporary genres, including reggae, ragga, and... more...

  • Unbelievableby Cheo Hodari Coker

    Augustus Publishing 2011; US$ 9.95

    In this riveting account of Biggie?s remarkable life, hip hop journalist Cheo Hodari Coker tells the story you?ve never heard about the dramatic, tension-filled world of Biggie, Tupac, Puff Daddy, and Suge Knight, tracing their friendships and feuds from the beginning to the bitter end. Despite the clash of personalities and styles, all four were... more...

  • 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...

  • Africa and the Bluesby Gerhard Kubik

    University Press of Mississippi 2008; US$ 25.00

    In 1969 Gerhard Kubik chanced to encounter a Mozambican labor migrant, a miner in Transvaal, South Africa, tapping a cipendani, a mouth-resonated musical bow. A comparable instrument was seen in the hands of a white Appalachian musician who claimed it as part of his own cultural heritage. Through connections like these Kubik realized that the link... more...

  • Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come Fromby Robert Springer

    University Press of Mississippi 2007; US$ 25.00

    Musicians and music scholars rightly focus on the sounds of the blues and the colorful life stories of blues performers. Equally important and, until now, inadequately studied are the lyrics. The international contributors to Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From explore this aspect of the blues and establish the significance of African American popular... more...

  • Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Controlby Stephen A. King; Barry T. Bays; P. Rene Foster

    University Press of Mississippi 2002; US$ 45.00

    Who changed Bob Marley's famous peace-and-love anthem into "Come to Jamaica and feel all right"? When did the Rastafarian fighting white colonial power become the smiling Rastaman spreading beach towels for American tourists? Drawing on research in social movement theory and protest music, Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control traces... more...

  • Traces of the Spiritby Robin Sylvan

    NYU Press 2002; US$ 75.00

    "Sylvan's thesis furnishes far more of the same valued experiences than is usually realized: ritual activity, communal ceremony, a philosophy and worldview, a code for living one's life, a cultural identity, a social structure, a sense of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous.". — Journal of Religion.... more...

  • Hip Hop Worldby Dalton Higgins

    Groundwood Books 2011; US$ 9.95

    In Hip Hop World, Dalton Higgins comprehensively examines the hip hop scene as it exists throughout the world. The book reveals the form's musical inspirations from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, African American sex satirists, comedians, civil rights-fuelled funk musicians, spoken word luminaries, and dub and Nuyorican poetry. Author Higgins... more...