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  • Proof through the Nightby Glenn Watkins

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 12.95

    Carols floating across no-man's-land on Christmas Eve 1914; solemn choruses, marches, and popular songs responding to the call of propaganda ministries and war charities; opera, keyboard suites, ragtime, and concertos for the left hand?all provided testimony to the unique power of music to chronicle the Great War and to memorialize its battles and... more...

  • The Rest Is Noiseby Alex Ross

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 20.99

    The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, the influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds... more...

  • Electric Edenby Rob Young

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 25.99

    A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title In the late 1960s, with popular culture hurtling forward on the sounds of rock music, some brave musicians looked back instead, trying to recover the lost treasures of English roots music and update them for the new age. The records of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, and Nick Drake... more...

  • Mozart's Cosė fan tutteby Ian Woodfield

    Boydell & Brewer 2008; US$ 99.00

    A groundbreaking new approach proposes answers to many of the opera's unresolved questions. more...

  • Depeche Modeby Alan Cross

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 3.99

    Alan Cross is the preeminent chronicler of popular music. Here he provides a history of electronic pioneers Depeche Mode. This look at the group -- "Music for the Masses--and Then Some" -- is adapted from the audiobook of the same name. 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...

  • Music Expressby Keith Sharp; Alan Frew

    Dundurn 2014; US$ 26.99

    The rise of the Canadian music industry, along with anecdotes and exclusive photos of international rock and pop stars, from the perspective of Canada's foremost music magazine from the 70s to the 90s. more...

  • Music Inside Outby John Rahn; Benjamin Boretz

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 68.95

    First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. 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 Publishing Group 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...