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  • A History of Western Musicby J. Peter Burkholder; Donald Jay Grout; Claude V. Palisca

    W. W. Norton & Company 2014; US$ 40.68

    The definitive history of Western music. more...

  • The Devil's Hornby Michael Segell

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 18.99

    In The Devil's Horn , Michael Segell traces the 160-year history of the saxophone-a horn that created a sound never before heard in nature, and that from the moment it debuted has aroused both positive and negative passions among all who hear it. The saxophone has insinuated itself into virtually every musical idiom that has come along since its... more...

  • Fortune's Foolby Fred Goodman

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 28.00

    In 1999, when Napster made music available free online, the music industry found itself in a fight for its life. A decade later, the most important and misunderstood story?and the one with the greatest implications for both music lovers and media companies?is how the music industry has failed to remake itself. In Fortune?s Fool , Fred Goodman, the... more...

  • Greek Reflections on the Nature of Musicby Flora R. Levin

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 26.00

    Flora Levin explores how and why music was so important to the ancient Greeks. more...

  • Ethnomusicologizingby William C. Banfield

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 44.99

    Ethnomusicologizing contains writings on contemporary music and culture studies. In this work, Banfield instructs readers in the ways by which we may better appreciate and understand creative artistry and process, and their relation to history and its meaning. more...

  • Selling Digital Music, Formatting Cultureby Jeremy Wade Morris

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture documents the transition of recorded music on CDs to music as digital files on computers. More than two decades after the first digital music files began circulating in online archives and playing through new software media players, we have yet to fully internalize the cultural and aesthetic consequences... 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...

  • Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern Californiaby Mark F DeWitt

    University Press of Mississippi 2008; US$ 50.00

    Queen Ida. Danny Poullard. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank. Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. These are names that are familiar to many fans of Cajun music and zydeco, and they have one other thing in common--longtime residence in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are all part of a vibrant scene of dancing and live Louisiana-French music that has... 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...