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  • 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...

  • 17by Bill Drummond

    Beautiful Books 2008; US$ 9.99

    In 17, Drummond analyzes the past, present, and possible future of music and the ways in which we hear and relate to it. He references his own contributions to the canon of popular music, and he provides fascinating insider portraits of the industry and its protagonists. But above all, he questions our ideas of music and our attitude to sound, introducing... 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...

  • Woodstock Revisitedby Susan Reynolds

    F+W Media 2009; US$ 12.95

    This collection contains fifty stories written by people who attended the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Since all the books that preceded it have focused on the musicians, promoters, and staff, this book will be the first one that chronicles the audience's experience in an up close and personal way. This book documents the event itself, but... more...

  • The Holy or the Brokenby Alan Light

    Atria Books 2012; US$ 15.00

    ? A venerated creator. An adored, tragic interpreter. An uncomplicated, memorable melody. Ambiguous, evocative words. Faith and uncertainty. Pain and pleasure .? Today, ?Hallelujah? is one of the most-performed rock songs in history. It has become a staple of movies and television shows as diverse as Shrek and The West Wing , of tribute videos... more...

  • Who Wrote The Book Of Love?by Richard Crouse

    Doubleday Canada 2012; US$ 14.95

    ¸  The words to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" were initially so risqué they had to be completely rewritten - in the hallway of the studio, as time was running out - before the song could be recorded. (He wrote the original version while working as a dishwasher in a bus station in Georgia.) ¸  Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Mother and Child Reunion" takes... more...

  • Sex Pistols and Punkby Jon Savage

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.90

    Sex Pistols and Punk recounts the turbulent months at the beginning of the British punk revolution in 1976. Starting as four disparate teenagers thrown together by Svengali Malcom McLaren to sell trousers, the Sex Pistols quickly became both prism and mirror for a disaffected youth eager to smash the old guard and make the world in their own, Warholian... more...

  • The New Music Journalismby Nick Kent

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.90

    The New Music Journalism is legendary music journalist Nick Kent's memoir of 1973 and 1974, two years that saw him go from aspiring, suburban scribe to celebrity journalist and companion to the likes of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. From hanging out with Lester Bangs in the States to dating Chrissie Hynde, Kent recalls an astonishing cast... more...

  • Fairport Convention and Electric Folkby Rob Young

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.90

    Fairport Convention and Electric Folk tells of the blossoming of British folk music in the late sixties, as rediscovered pastoral sensibilities aligned themselves with electric instrumentation. The album that spearheaded this gentle revival was Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief - a bewitching mix of time-honoured standards and band originals,... more...

  • UK Post-Punkby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.90

    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... more...