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  • On Highway 61by Dennis McNally

    Counterpoint 2014; US$ 28.00

    On Highway 61 explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties. The book is going to search for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution for the past 150 years by studying what the Western European culture learned from African American culture in a historical... more...

  • In Tuneby Ben Wynne

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 15.99

    Born into poverty in Mississippi at the close of the nineteenth century, Charley Patton and Jimmie Rodgers established themselves among the most influential musicians of their era. In Tune tells the story of the parallel careers of these two pioneering recording artists-one white, one black-who moved beyond their humble origins to change the face of... more...

  • Grand Operaby Charles Affron; Mirella Jona Affron

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    The Metropolitan has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883. Tracing the offstage/onstage workings of this famed New York institution, Charles Affron and Mirella Jona Affron tell how the Met became and remains a powerful actor on the global cultural scene. In this first new history of the company in thirty years, each of... more...

  • The Psychology of Singingby David C. Taylor

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Whether you're a vocal practitioner or a music enthusiast, David C. Taylor's The Psychology of Singing will guide you to a deeper appreciation of the art. Taylor takes a controversial stance against a scientific approach to vocal control and instead emphasizes the mental, psychological, and even spiritual aspects of signing. more...

  • India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspectiveby Margaret E. Walker

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    Through an analysis both broad and deep of primary and secondary sources, ethnography, iconography and current performance practice, this enquiry undertakes a critical approach to the history of kathak dance and presents new data about hereditary performing artists, gendered contexts and practices, and postcolonial cultural reclamation. The account... more...

  • K-pop ? The International Rise of the Korean Music Industryby JungBong Choi; Roald Maliangkay

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 155.00

    K-pop, described by Time Magazine in 2012 as "South Korea?s greatest export", has rapidly achieved a large worldwide audience of devoted fans largely through distribution over the Internet. This book examines the phenomenon, and discusses the reasons for its success. It considers the national and transnational conditions that have played a role in... more...

  • Music and Social Change in South Africaby Kathryn Olsen

    Temple University Press 2014; US$ 64.50

    Music and Social Change in South Africa looks at contemporary maskanda-a folk musical genre distinguished by fast guitar picking and blues-style vocal intonation-against the backdrop of South Africa's history. A performance practice that emerged in the early decades of the twentieth century among Zulu migrant workers, maskanda is strongly associated... more...

  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universeby Chris Taylor

    Head of Zeus 2014; US$ 11.65

    Why do most people know what an Ewok is, even if they haven't seen Return of the Jedi? How have Star Wars action figures come to outnumber human beings? How did 'Jedi' become an officially recognised religion? When did the films' merchandising revenue manage to rival the GDP of a small country? Tracing the birth, death and rebirth of the epic universe... more...

  • Music, Travel, and Imperial Encounter in 19th-Century Franceby Ruth Rosenberg

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    This book considers the activities and writings of early song collectors and proto-ethnomusicologists, memoirists, and other "musical travelers" in 19 th -century France. Each of the book?s discrete but interrelated chapters is devoted to a different geographic and discursive site of empire, examining French representations of musical encounters in... more...