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  • The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärtby Andrew Shenton

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    An authoritative guide to Arvo Pärt, this Companion provides a rounded picture of the man and his music. more...

  • Dance and the Music of J. S. Bach, Expanded Editionby Meredith Little; Natalie Jenne

    Indiana University Press 2009; US$ 24.99

    Stylized dance music and music based on dance rhythms pervade Bach's compositions. Although the music of this very special genre has long been a part of every serious musician's repertoire, little has been written about it. The original edition of this addressed works that bore the names of dances?a considerable corpus. In this expanded version of... more...

  • Motownby Gerald Posner

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    In 1959, twenty-nine-year-old Berry Gordy, who had already given up on his dream to be a champion boxer, borrowed eight hundred dollars from his family and started a record company. A run-down bungalow sandwiched between a funeral home and a beauty shop in a poor Detroit neighborhood served as his headquarters. The building?s entrance was adorned with... more...

  • The History of Jazzby Ted Gioia

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    On its initial release, The History of Jazz was heralded as a classic: it was honored as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times . Now Gioia brings the story up-to-date, drawing on his latest research and covering the full spectrum of the music's past, present,... 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...

  • 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...

  • Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer, 1538-1569by Mary Lewis

    Taylor and Francis 1997; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Music and the Language of Loveby Catherine Gordon-Seifert

    Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 37.95

    Simple songs or airs, in which a male poetic voice either seduces or excoriates a female object, were an influential vocal genre of the French Baroque era. In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary study, Catherine Gordon-Seifert analyzes the style of airs, which was based on rhetorical devices of... more...

  • Woodstock Revisitedby Susan Reynolds

    F+W Media 2009; US$ 12.95

    This collection contains fifty stories written by people who attended the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Since all the books that preceded it have focused on the musicians, promoters, and staff, this book will be the first one that chronicles the audience's experience in an up close and personal way. This book documents the event itself, but... more...