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  • UK Post-Punkby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    UK Post-Punk is a selection of five essays that represents Simon Reynolds's astute and thought-provoking commentary on the musical fallout of the punk explosion. Diversity is the watchword, with groups as stylistically varied as PiL, Joy Division and the Specials tackling the new musical terrain that had opened up. Often highly political - both overtly... more...

  • Roxy Music and Art-Rock Glamourby Michael Bracewell

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Roxy Music and Art-Rock Glamour is a detailed exploration of the origins of the glam scene in the early seventies. Fronted by the deeply charismatic Bryan Ferry - equal parts fifties crooner and stylish spaceman - and with the visionary Brian Eno on keyboards, Roxy Music melded high-art intentions with commercial savvy to redefine what we understand... more...

  • Syd Barrett and British Psychedeliaby Rob Chapman

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Syd Barrett and British Psychedelia is an intimate snapshot of the years 1966-7, when the underground's house band, Pink Floyd, were cast blinking into the light of mainstream success. Nurtured in the progressive Cambridge scene and the bohemian hangouts of the Notting Hill Free School and UFO club, Pink Floyd pioneered a distinctly British mix of... more...

  • Harmony in Haydn and Mozartby David Damschroder

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 36.00 US$ 29.52

    Innovative analytical techniques provide a penetrating view of how Haydn and Mozart employ harmony in their compositions. more...

  • Political Beethovenby Nicholas Mathew

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 84.00 US$ 68.88

    Political Beethoven explores Beethoven's music as an active participant in political life from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. more...

  • The Accessibility of Musicby Jochen Eisentraut

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 80.00 US$ 65.60

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

  • The Sonataby Thomas Schmidt-Beste

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 24.00 US$ 19.68

    An introductory survey of the most enduring and popular genre of instrumental music, perfect for students, teachers and performers. more...

  • Representation in Western Musicby Joshua S. Walden

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 30.00 US$ 24.60

    This volume assembles leading scholars to provide a comprehensive study of representation in music from the nineteenth century to today. more...

  • Wagner's Melodiesby David Trippett

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 108.00 US$ 88.56

    Wagner's Melodies places the composer's ideas about melody in the context of the scientific discourse of his age. more...

  • A Heinrich Schütz Readerby Gregory S. Johnston

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 34.99 US$ 30.09

    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) was the most important and influential German composer of the seventeenth century. In A Heinrich Schütz Reader, the composer and his times are brought to life through the translation of more than 150 documents by or about the composer, each complemented with richly detailed annotations and commentary. more...