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  • The White Stripesby Alan Cross

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 2.99

    Alan Cross is the preeminent chronicler of popular music. Here he provides a history of Jack White and The White Stripes. This look at the band "with just two people, and not a bass player in sight" is adapted from the audiobook. more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theoriesby Edward Gollin; Alexander Rehding

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 52.99 US$ 45.57

    In recent years neo-Riemannian theory has established itself as the leading approach of our time, and has proven particularly adept at explaining features of chromatic music. The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories assembles an international group of leading music theory scholars in an exploration of the music-analytical, theoretical,... more...

  • Bel Cantoby Robert Toft

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 21.99 US$ 18.91

    The art of bel canto, or 'beautiful singing,' is perhaps the most referenced and yet the most enigmatic and elusive style in the repertoire of the classically trained singer. In Bel Canto, the first ever guide to the bel canto style, author Robert Toft provides singers with the tools they need to bring scores to life in an historically informed manner. more...

  • Oxford History of Western Musicby Richard Taruskin

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 124.99 US$ 107.49

    The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin. Now in paperback, the set has been reconstructed to be available for the first time as individual books, each one taking on a critical time period in the history of western music. All... more...

  • Playing with Historyby John Butt

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 32.00 US$ 26.24

    This challenging 2002 study examines and ultimately defends the case for historically informed musical performance. more...

  • Looking for the "Harp" Quartet:by Markand Thakar

    Boydell & Brewer 2011; US$ 34.95

    This book is a philosophical tour through the experience of beauty: what it is, and how the composer, performer, and listener all contribute. It explores -- with insight, patience, and humor -- profound issues at the essence of our experience. A student performance of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, known as the "Harp," serves as... more...

  • How Music Worksby David Byrne

    McSweeney's 2012; US$ 15.99

    How Music Works is David Byrne?s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to... more...

  • The Rock History Readerby Theo Cateforis

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    The Rock History Reader is an eclectic compilation of readings that tells the history of rock as it has been received and explained as a social and musical practice throughout its six decade history. The readings range from the vivid autobiographical accounts of such rock icons as Ronnie Spector and David Lee Roth to the writings of noted rock critics... more...

  • Bluesby Dick Weissman; Richard Carlin; Craig Morrison

    Infobase Publishing 2005; US$ 67.00

    Born out of the field hollers, work songs, and spirituals sung by African-American slaves and tenant farmers as they were forced to work in the fields of the South, blues music often speaks of oppression, sadness, and love, topics that transcend racial and ethnic boundaries. Early musicians such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and W.C. Handy established the... more...

  • The Book of Exodusby Vivien Goldman

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.00

    Follow the Sacred Journey to Create One of the Lasting Musical Masterpieces of Our Time Bob Marley is one of our most important and influential artists. Recorded in London after an assassination attempt on his life sent Marley into exile from Jamaica, Exodus is the most lasting testament to his social conscience. Named by Time magazine as ?Album... more...