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  • Why AC/DC Mattersby Anthony Bozza

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Australian rock giants AC/DC have sold more records in the U.S. than Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and than the Rolling Stones, yet have always been undervalued and unappreciated by mainstream rock music critics. In Why AC/DC Matters , former Rolling Stone staff writer and New York Times bestselling author Anthony Bozza addresses... more...

  • The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essaysby Richard Taruskin

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 31.95

    The Danger of Music gathers some two decades of Richard Taruskin's writing on the arts and politics, ranging in approach from occasional pieces for major newspapers such as the New York Times to full-scale critical essays for leading intellectual journals. Hard-hitting, provocative, and incisive, these essays consider contemporary composition and... more...

  • On Russian Musicby Richard Taruskin

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 29.95

    Over the past four decades, Richard Taruskin's publications have redefined the field of Russian-music study. This volume gathers thirty-six essays on composers ranging from Bortnyansky in the eighteenth century to Tarnopolsky in the twenty-first, as well as all of the famous names in between. Some of these pieces, like the ones on Chaikovsky's alleged... more...

  • Rebels Wit Attitudeby Iain Ellis

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 15.95

    Rock music has been the principal outlet of youth rebellion for more than half a century, and though rock rebels have been idolized and profiled extensively, their humor has not been at the center of attention. In Rebels Wit Attitude , music writer Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor in rock music, and its use as a weapon of anti-establishment... more...

  • Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?by Gavin Edwards

    Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 13.95

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and . . . Ham Sandwiches? If you are a music fan, you may be aware of some of music?s most enduring mysteries. Where did Pearl Jam get their name? Are the White Stripes related by blood or by marriage? Did Mama Cass really die from choking on a ham sandwich? Gavin Edwards has heard just about every strange question, racy... more...

  • Narcocorridoby Elijah Wald

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 13.99

    In the first full-length exploration of the contemporary and controversial Mexican corrido, award-winning author Elijah Wald blends a travel narrative with his search for the roots of this genre -- a modern outlaw music that fuses the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit of gangsta rap. From international superstars to rural singers... more...

  • Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissanceby Susan Forscher Weiss; Jr. Russell E. Murray; Cynthia J. Cyrus

    Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 25.45

    What were the methods and educational philosophies of music teachers in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance? What did students study? What were the motivations of teacher and student? Contributors to this volume address these topics and other -- including gender, social status, and the role of the Church... more...

  • A Love Supremeby Ashley Kahn; Elvin Jones

    Penguin Group US 2003; US$ 16.00

    Few albums in the canon of popular music have had the influence, resonance, and endurance of John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme -a record that proved jazz was a fitting medium for spiritual exploration and for the expression of the sublime. Bringing the same fresh and engaging approach that characterized his critically acclaimed Kind of... more...

  • True Northby Bernie Finkelstein

    McClelland & Stewart 2012; US$ 32.99

    One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal role in bringing great Canadian music... more...

  • Chopin: The Four Balladesby Jim Samson

    Cambridge University Press 1992; US$ 24.00

    Chopin's four ballades are widely regarded as being amongst the most significant extended works for solo piano of the nineteenth century. In an illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide the reader with a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works. He begins by investigating the social and musical background... more...