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  • World Musicby Terry E. Miller; Andrew Shahriari

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 74.95

    Authors Terry E. Miller and Andrew Shahriari take students around the world to experience the diversity of musical expression. World Music: A Global Journey , now in its third edition, is known for its breadth in surveying the world?s major cultures in a systematic study of world music within a strong pedagogical framework. As one prepares for... more...

  • How Music Worksby David Byrne

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 15.82

    How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Equal parts historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, Byrne draws on his own work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and his myriad collaborators - along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages,... more...

  • Cowboys and Indiesby Gareth Murphy

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 28.99

    Cowboys and Indies is nothing less than the first definitive history of the recording industry on both sides of the Atlantic. From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, author and industry insider Gareth Murphy takes readers on an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic... more...

  • Not Fade Awayby John Gribbin

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 11.65

    Science writer John Gribbin?s popular biography of Buddy Holly ? his first ever non-science title ? originally published on the 50th anniversary of Holly?s tragic death. Buddy Holly was killed at 22 when the plane he was travelling in crashed on 3 February 1959.  Although this was less than two years after Holly?s first hit record, Don McLean described... more...

  • Nine Inch Nailsby Alan Cross

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 3.99

    Alan Cross is the preeminent chronicler of popular music. Here he provides a history of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. This look at NIN -- "Anger is an (Industrial) Energy" -- is adapted from the audiobook of the same name. more...

  • The Music History Classroomby James Davis

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 29.95

    The Music History Classroom brings together essays written by recognized and experienced teachers to assist in the design, implementation, and revision of college-level music history courses. This single volume provides a systematic outline of practical teaching advice on all facets of music history pedagogy, including course design, classroom technology,... more...

  • Hip Hop Americaby Nelson George

    Penguin Group US 2005; US$ 15.00

    Now with a new introduction by the author, Hip Hop America is the definitive account of the society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media. more...

  • Schoenberg and Redemptionby Julie Brown

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    Julie Brown reconsiders Schoenberg's step into atonality as a response to Wagner's charges concerning the Jewish influence on German music. more...

  • Intimate Lettersby John Tyrrell; Leos Janácek

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 54.00

    These are the letters of a great love story. In 1917, the Czech composer Leos Janáçek met Kamila Stösslová while on holiday at Luhaçovice, a spa resort in Moravia. He was sixty-three and locked in a loveless marriage; she was twenty-six, the wife of an antique dealer frequently away from home. After the holiday, Janáçek began writing to Stösslová.... more...

  • An Introduction to the Music of Milton Babbittby Andrew Mead

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 41.95

    In this celebration of Milton Babbitt's art, Andrew Mead explores the development of a central figure in contemporary American music. As a teacher and writer, Babbitt has influenced two generations of students, including such notable musicians as Stephen Sondheim and Donald Martino. He has helped establish the study of music theory as a serious academic... more...