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  • The Mariposa Folk Festivalby Michael Hill

    Dundurn 2017; US$ 9.99

    A look at folk music?s legendary home ground. From Pete Seeger to Serena Ryder, the musicians who have graced the stages at Mariposa have carried on a living tradition of folk music connecting the sixties to the present day and tomorrow. Featuring interviews with the people behind the scenes and artists like Gordon Lightfoot and Ken Whitely. more...

  • How Music Worksby David Byrne

    Crown/Archetype 2017; US$ 22.00

    *Updated with a new chapter on digital curation* How Music Works is David Byrne?s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and... more...

  • It's Just the Normal Noisesby Timothy Gray

    University of Iowa Press 2017; US$ 21.00

    Roots rock, Americana, alt country: what are they and why do they matter? Americans have been trying to answer these questions for as long as the music bearing these labels has existed. Music can function as an escape from the outside world or as an explanation of that world. Listeners who identify with the music?s message may shape their social understandings... more...

  • The Courage of Composers and the Tyranny of Tasteby Bálint András Varga

    Boydell & Brewer 2017; Not Available

    All-new interviews with 33 of the world's leading composers--from Adams and Crumb to Gubaďdulina and Rihm--give unique insights into the creative process. more...

  • The Courage of Composers and the Tyranny of Tasteby Bálint András Varga

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2017; US$ 22.72

    Bálint András Varga is perhaps the world's most respected interviewer of living composers. For The Courage of Composers and the Tyranny of Taste: Reflections on New Music , Varga has confrontedthirty-three composers with quotations carefully chosen to elicit their thoughts about an issue that is crucial for any serious creative artist: How... more...

  • The Gaithers and Southern Gospelby Ryan P. Harper

    University Press of Mississippi 2017; US$ 30.00

    A thoughtful examination of the clashes among nostalgia, evangelism, and marketing more...

  • Dreaming the Beatlesby Rob Sheffield

    HarperCollins 2017; US$ 14.99

    Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them. Dreaming the Beatles is not another... more...

  • BBC Proms 2017by Bloomsbury Publishing

    Alma Books 2017; US$ 6.99

    The BBC Proms is the world's biggest and longest-running classical music festival and one of the jewels in the crown for the BBC. It is one of the strongest brand names in the music world and attracts a glittering array of artists and orchestras from the UK and around the world in over 150 concerts, talks, workshops and family events around London... more...

  • When the World Stopped to Listenby Stuart Isacoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2017; US$ 27.95

    From the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Piano, the captivating story of the 1958 international piano competition in Moscow, where, at the height of Cold War tensions, an American musician showed the potential of art to change the world. April of 1958--the Iron Curtain was at its heaviest, and the outcome of the Tchaikovsky International... more...

  • Music in the Worldby Timothy D. Taylor

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 35.00

    In music studies, Timothy D. Taylor is known for his insightful essays on music, globalization, and capitalism. Music in the World is a collection of some of Taylor?s most recent writings?essays concerned with questions about music in capitalist cultures, covering a historical span that begins in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries... more...