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History & Criticism

  • Yodeling and Meaning in American Musicby Timothy E. Wise

    University Press of Mississippi 2016; US$ 65.00

    The first musicological and ideological examination of the rich yodeling tradition more...

  • Play It Loudby Brad Tolinski; Alan di Perna; Carlos Santana

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 26.95

    An unprecedented history of the electric guitar, its explosive impact on music and culture, and the players and builders who brought it to life For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud , veteran music journalists Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history... more...

  • Beatles '66by Steve Turner

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 14.99

    A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture. They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era. The... more...

  • Love for Saleby David Hajdu

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016; US$ 27.99

    A personal, idiosyncratic history of popular music that also may well be definitive, from the revered music critic From the age of song sheets in the late nineteenth-century to the contemporary era of digital streaming, pop music has been our most influential laboratory for social and aesthetic experimentation, changing the world three minutes... more...

  • Making New Music in Cold War Polandby Lisa Jakelski

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 65.00 US$ 52.00

    Making New Music in Cold War Poland presents a social analysis of new music dissemination at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, one of the most important venues for East-West cultural contact during the Cold War. In this incisive study, Lisa Jakelski examines the festival?s institutional organization, negotiations among... more...

  • John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamsonby Mitsutoshi Inaba

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 44.99

    Mitsutoshi Inaba offers the first full-length biography of this key figure in the evolution of the Chicago blues. Interviews with Sonny Boy's family members and his last harmonica student provide new insights into the character of the man as well as the techniques of the musician. more...

  • Vinyl Me, Pleaseby Please Vinyl Me

    Octopus 2016; US$ 31.99

    Putting the style in your stylus, Vinyl Me, Please is more than your average book of music recommendations. Brought to you by the vinyl subscription club of the same name - 'the best damn record club there is'* - Vinyl Me, Please is a lively, visually handsome guide to the 100 albums you need to own on vinyl and why, with added extras: cocktail... more...

  • The State of Musicby Virgil Thomson

    Library of America 2016; US$ 9.99

    Virgil Thomson had already established himself as one of the nation's leading composers when he published The State of Music (1939), the book that made his name as a writer and won him a fourteen-year stint as chief music reviewer at the New York Herald Tribune . This feisty, often hilarious polemic, presented here in the extensively revised edition... more...

  • Klezmerby Walter Zev Feldman

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 72.99 US$ 62.77

    Klezmer is the first comprehensive study of the musical structure and social history of klezmer music--the music of Jewish musicians' guild of Eastern Europe. Author Walter Zev Feldman includes major written sources, as well as interviews with European-born klezmorim, conducted over a period of more than thirty years. Including musical analysis,... more...

  • Music and the French Enlightenmentby Cynthia Verba

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 54.99 US$ 47.29

    Around the middle of the eighteenth century, the leading figures of the French Enlightenment engaged in a philosophical debate about the nature of music, prompted by the controversial views of the composer-theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau. Their dialogue was one of extraordinary depth and richness and dealt with some of the most fundamental issues of... more...