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  • The Swing Bookby Degen Pener

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 9.99

    Ten years ago a revival of swing took place, originating in San Francisco, snowballing into today's international resurgence. This book presents the complete history of swing music and dancing, then and now. more...

  • Where Dead Voices Gatherby Nick Tosches

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 10.99

    A forgotten singer from the early days of jazz is at the center of this riveting book--a narrative that is part mystery, part biography, part meditation on the meaning and power of music. more...

  • A Book of Operasby Henry Krehbiel

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    A delightful book about the history of operas. Krehbiel uses musical excerpts to make his work more charming and hypnotic. Mesmerizing! more...

  • 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...

  • 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 Publishing Group 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...