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  • 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...

  • Can't Stop Won't Stopby Jeff Chang; D.J. Kool Herc

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 20.99

    Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic... more...

  • Can't Buy Me Loveby Jonathan Gould

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 17.00

    Nearly twenty years in the making, Can?t Buy Me Love is a masterful work of group biography, cultural history, and musical criticism. That the Beatles were an unprecedented phenomenon is a given. In Can?t Buy Me Love , Jonathan Gould seeks to explain why, placing the Fab Four in the broad and tumultuous panorama of their time and place, rooting... more...

  • Metallica and Philosophyby William Irwin

    Wiley 2009; US$ 25.95

    Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you’re about to enter the School of Rock! Today’s lecture will be a crash course in brain surgery. This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructors who graduated from the old school—they actually paid $5.98 for The $5.98 EP . But back before these philosophy professors cut their hair, they were... more...

  • Analysing Popular Musicby David Machin

    SAGE Publications 2010; US$ 45.00

    A lively and accessible approach to the study of popular music. Moving beyond the typical analysis of 'popular music and society', Machin offers students a toolkit for looking at popular music, taking it apart and really understanding what makes it 'work'. more...

  • The Art of the Band T-shirtby Amber Easby; Henry Oliver

    Gallery Books 2007; US$ 12.95

    ONCE, T-shirts were just unadorned undergarments. But with the evolution of screen printing and the birth of band merchandising, T-shirts became so much cooler. Now every band with an ounce of savvy knows the importance of T-shirts not only as a lucrative sideline but also as a means of self- promotion and a way for fans to show their allegiance.... more...

  • Before and After Corroboree: The Music of John Antillby Dr David Symons

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2016; US$ 149.95

    John Antill (1904-1986) was one of the foremost composers of Australia?s ?post-colonial period?. Although a relatively prolific and much esteemed composer in Australia, Antill?s wider reputation is sustained chiefly by his famous ballet Corroboree - a work which was perceived to bring an authentic Australian musical style before both a national and... more...

  • Downtown Manhattan 78-82by Christophe Deniau

    Primento Digital Publishing 2016; US$ 13.99

    L?émulation de New York Downtown En quelques années, alors que la ville n?en finissait pas de se débattre avec la crise qui la rongeait, New York est devenu l?épicentre de la culture underground, matérialisée par des lieux comme le CBGB, The Loft, The Mudd Club, le Studio 54, le Negril ou encore The Paradise Garage. Pendant ces années terribles,... more...

  • The Shock of Recognitionby Barry Jones

    Allen & Unwin 2016; US$ 29.99

    With all his generosity, Barry Jones shares his love of the great literature and music of the world. more...

  • The Accessibility of Musicby Jochen Eisentraut

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 80.00

    Jochen Eisentraut's book provides a range of perspectives on why, and how, we engage with music. more...