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  • How to Rapby Paul Edwards; Kool G Rap

    Chicago Review Press 2009; US$ 10.99

    Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every form—mainstream and underground, current and classic—this compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap. Compiled from the most extensive research on rapping to date, this first-of-its-kind guide delivers... more...

  • This Business of Urban Musicby James Walker

    Ten Speed Press 2010; US$ 24.95

    The first reference book all about the business side of gospel and urban music. Hip-hop and R&B hold 25 percent of the consumer music market. Another 20 percent is held by religious (gospel and Christian) music, soul, disco, dance, and jazz. Here?s the first reference book to offer sound business and legal advice specifically tailored to these areas... more...

  • Start and Run Your Own Record Label, Third Editionby Daylle Deanna Schwartz

    Ten Speed Press 2010; US$ 21.95

    For everyone interested in starting a record label?to market new talent or to release and promote their own music?there has never been a better time to do it! Music can be released, distributed, and promoted for a fraction of traditional costs. Veteran author and music-business consultant Daylle Deanna Schwartz (who started and ran her own label)... more...

  • The Developmental Psychology of Musicby David J. Hargreaves

    Cambridge University Press 1986; US$ 34.00

    This book sets out the psychological basis of musical development in children and adults. The study has two major objectives: to review the research findings, theories and methodologies relevant to the developmental study of music; and to offer a framework within which these can be organised so as to pave the way for future research. It describes the... 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...

  • How to Rap 2by Paul Edwards; Gift of Gab

    Chicago Review Press 2013; US$ 10.99

    In this sequel to How to Rap , techniques that have not previously been explained?such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns?are thoroughly broken down and examined, arming readers with additional tools for their rapping repertoire. Filled with interviews from hip-hop?s most innovative artists, including Tech N9ne, Crooked I,... more...

  • Refining Soundby Brian K. Shepard

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 31.99

    Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of learning to create sounds on a synthesizer is understanding what all the individual synthesizer components contribute to the complex finished sound. Author and veteran synthesizer instructor Brian K. Shepard draws... more...

  • Gypsy Jazzby Michael Dregni

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 19.99

    Of all the styles of jazz to emerge in the twentieth century, none is more passionate, more exhilaratingly up-tempo, or more steeped in an outsider tradition than Gypsy Jazz. And there is no one more qualified to write about Gypsy Jazz than Michael Dregni, author of the acclaimed biography, Django. A vagabond music, Gypsy Jazz is played today in French... more...

  • Lift Every Voiceby Burton W. Peretti

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2008; US$ 23.99

    Lift Every Voice traces the roots of black music in Africa and slavery and its evolution in the United States from the end of slavery to the present day. The music's creators, consumers, and distributors are all part of the story. Musical genres such as spirituals, ragtime, the blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, and hip-hop?as well... more...