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  • 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...

  • We All Want to Change the Worldby Tom Waldman

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2003; US$ 23.99

    We All Want to Change the World provides a cogent and fascinating evaluation of post-World War II American commercial music and its complex, multi-faceted impact on the world of politics. more...

  • The Story of Fake Booksby Barry Kernfeld

    Scarecrow Press 2006; US$ 59.99

    Bootleg fake books - unauthorized anthologies of songs notated in a musical shorthand - have been used for decades by countless pop, jazz, and country musicians. Drawing from FBI files, newspaper accounts, court records, and oral history, Bootlegging Songs to Musicians reveals the previously unknown stories of the origins and prosecution of pop-song... more...

  • Philosophizing Rock Performanceby Wade Hollingshaus

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 74.99

    In Philosophizing Rock Performance: Dylan, Hendrix, Bowie , Wade Hollingshaus capitalizes on this notion by embracing a set of historiographical logics that re-imagine these three artists. Noting how Dylan, Hendrix, and Bowie first established their reputations amid the anti-establishment sentiments that emerged in Western counties during the... more...

  • Voicing the Popularby Richard Middleton

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 45.95

    How does popular music produce its subject? How does it produce us as subjects? More specifically, how does it do this through voice--through "giving voice"? And how should we understand this subject--"the people"--that it voices into existence? Is it singular or plural? What is its history and what is its future? Voicing the Popular draws on approaches... more...

  • Crossing Traditionsby Babacar M'Baye; Alexander Charles Oliver Hall

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 89.99

    In Crossing Traditions: American Popular Music in Local and Global Contexts, a wide range of scholarly contributions on the local and global significance of American popular music examines the connections between selected American blues, rock and roll, and hip-hop music and their equivalents from Senegal, Nigeria, England, India, and Mexico.... more...

  • Rock and Roll Buskerby Graham Forbes

    McNidder and Grace Limited 2013; US$ 11.99

    A busker is a wee guy (or woman) who plays on the streets for tips. In bands, to busk, means to bluff your way through a song that you haven't rehearsed with whomever you happen to be standing beside on a stage. It may be the first time you have played it. Sometimes you might not have even heard the song before. When there is a big crowd in front of... more...

  • Made in Spainby Sílvia Martinez; Héctor Fouce

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 41.95

    Made in Spain: Studies in Popular Music will serve as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology and musicology of 20th century Spanish popular music. The volume will consist of 16 essays by leading scholars of Spanish music and will cover the major figures, styles and social contexts of pop music in Spain. Although all... more...