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  • All Shook Upby Glenn C. Altschuler

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 19.99

    The birth of rock 'n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy--one critic called it "musical riots put to a switchblade beat"--but if it generated much sound and fury, what, if anything, did it signify?. As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock 'n roll--and the outraged reception to it--in fact can tell us a lot... more...

  • Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaningby Daniel Chua

    Cambridge University Press 1999; US$ 68.00

    This book examines the intellectual history of instrumental music and its power to construct meaning. more...

  • Bartók: Concerto for Orchestraby David Cooper

    Cambridge University Press 1996; US$ 28.00

    This handbook contains a discussion of the historical and musical contexts of the piece, its early performance history, and critical reception. more...

  • Last Train to Memphisby Peter Guralnick

    Little, Brown and Company 2012; Not Available

    From the moment that he first shook up the world in the mid 1950s, Elvis Presley has been one of the most vivid and enduring myths of American culture. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research,... more...

  • No Regretsby Carolyn Burke

    Chicago Review Press 2012; US$ 14.99


  • Sounding Race in Rap Songsby Loren Kajikawa

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    As one of the most influential and popular genres of the last three decades, rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and become a multimillion-dollar industry by promoting highly visible and often controversial representations of blackness. Sounding Race in Rap Songs argues that rap music allows us not only to see but also to hear how mass-mediated... more...

  • The Story of the Trapp Family Singersby Maria Augusta Trapp

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 8.99

    With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of Maria, the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own family history. But much about the real-life woman and her family was left untold. Here, Baroness... more...

  • Sharecropper?s Troubadourby Michael K. Honey

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 28.00

    Folk singer and labor organizer John Handcox was born to illiterate sharecroppers, but went on to become one of the most beloved folk singers of the prewar labor movement. This beautifully told oral history gives us Handcox in his own words, recounting a journey that began in the Deep South and went on to shape the labor music tradition. more...

  • Beethovenby Richard Wagner; William Ashton Ellis

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 6.99

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) is one of the most famous and influential classical musicians of all time. He was particularly instrumental in the transition from the Classic to the Romantic. He was born in Germany but lived from his early twenties in Vienna. There he studied under Haydn and became recognized for his prodigious talents. Though Beethoven... more...

  • Beethoven, as Revealed in His Own Wordsby Ludwig van Beethoven; Friedrich Kerst

    The Floating Press 1904; US$ 6.95

    The following book consists of brief biographical commentaries about Beethoven, each followed by sections of quotations attributed to the muse. In these quotes, Beethoven demonstrates his intense preoccupation (or obsession) with thinking artistically and intelligently, and with helping to alleviate man's suffering by providing man with musical... more...