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  • 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 Publishing Group 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...

  • 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...

  • Keith Jarrett's The Koln Concertby Peter Elsdon

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 15.99

    Keith Jarrett ranks among the most accomplished and influential pianists in jazz history. His The Koln Concert stands among the most important jazz recordings of the past four decades, not only because of the music on the record, but also because of the remarkable reception it has received from musicians and lay-listeners alike. Since the album's... more...

  • Political Beethovenby Nicholas Mathew

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 79.00

    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$ 79.00

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