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History & Criticism

  • Cathy Berberianby Pamela Karantonis; Francesca Placanica; Anne Sivuoja-Kauppala; Pieter Verstraete

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 119.95

    Cathy Berberian (1925-1983) was a vocal performance artist, singer and composer who pioneered a way of composing with (and listening to) the voice in the musical worlds of Europe, North America and beyond. As a modernist muse for many avant-garde composers, she went on to embody the principles of postmodern thinking in her work. This volume celebrates... more...

  • Current of Musicby Theodor W. Adorno

    Wiley 2014; US$ 79.95

    Fleeing the Nazis, Theodor W. Adorno lived in New York City as a refugee from 1938 until 1941. During these years, he was intensively involved in a study of how the recently developed techniques for the nation-wide transmission of music over radio were transforming the perception of music itself. This broad ranging radio research was conceived as nothing... more...

  • Season of the Witchby Peter Bebergal

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 14.99

    This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll?from the Beatles to Black Sabbath?and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world. From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin... more...

  • Delius and his Musicby Martin Lee-Browne; Paul Guinery; Sir Mark Elder

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2014;

    There are many biographies and articles about Frederick Delius's life (1862-1934), but there has never been a comprehensive book about his music until now. Everything he wrote, from his earliest compositions right up to the mighty A Mass of Life , is analysed here; the history and background of each work and its critical reception are all examined,... more...

  • The Youngsby Jesse Fink

    Black & White Publishing 2014; US$ 7.28

    With sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world. It?s a family empire built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young. One of the most original music biographies of recent times, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book you?ve read before. It tells the extraordinary story... more...

  • Epic Soundby Stephen C. Meyer

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Lavish musical soundtracks contributed a special grandeur to the new widescreen, stereophonic sound movie experience of postwar biblical epics such as Samson and Delilah, Ben-Hur, and Quo Vadis. In Epic Sound, Stephen C. Meyer shows how music was utilized for various effects, sometimes serving as a vehicle for narrative plot and at times complicating... more...

  • The History of Classical Music For Beginnersby R. Ryan Endris; Joe Lee

    For Beginners 2014; US$ 15.95

    Music history is nearly as old as human civilization itself, and while it has permeated the arts and popular culture for centuries, it still has this mystifying aura surrounding it. But fear not?it?s not as complicated as it seems, and anyone can learn the origins and history of Western art music. In addition to learning how better to understand (and... more...

  • After the Silentsby Michael Slowik

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    Many believe Max Steiner?s score for King Kong (1933) was the first important attempt at integrating background music into sound film, but a closer look at the industry?s early sound era (1926–1934) reveals a more extended and fascinating story. Viewing more than two hundred films from the period, Michael Slowik launches the first comprehensive study... more...

  • In Tuneby Ben Wynne

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 15.99

    Born into poverty in Mississippi at the close of the nineteenth century, Charley Patton and Jimmie Rodgers established themselves among the most influential musicians of their era. In Tune tells the story of the parallel careers of these two pioneering recording artists-one white, one black-who moved beyond their humble origins to change the face of... more...

  • In A Da Da Da Vidaby Hollow Skai

    FUEGO 2014; US$ 6.30

    Als im Herbst 2000 die erste Ausgabe von In A Da Da Da Vida erschien, waren die Zeitungen voll des Lobes über diese Sammlung von magischen, mythischen & mysteriösen Geschichten zu Pop-Songs. "Hollow Skai liefert uns reichlich Stoff, der so manche Wissenslücke stopfen wird", hieß es in der Süddeutschen. Für die Financial Times war das... more...