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History & Criticism

  • Beyond Boundariesby Linda Phyllis Austern; Candace Bailey; Amanda Eubanks Winkler

    Indiana University Press 2017; US$ 34.99

    English music studies often apply rigid classifications to musical materials, their uses, their consumers, and performers. The contributors to this volume argue that some performers and manuscripts from the early modern era defy conventional categorization as "amateur" or "professional," "native" or "foreign." These leading scholars explore the circulation... more...

  • Studies in Historical Improvisationby Massimiliano Guido

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    In recent years, scholars and musicians have become increasingly interested in the revival of musical improvisation as it was known in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This historically informed practice is now supplanting the late Romantic view of improvised music as a rhapsodic endeavour?a musical blossoming out of the capricious genius of the... more...

  • Lions of the Northby Benjamin R. Teitelbaum

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 23.99

    Lions of the North explores the ways anti-immigrant, anti-liberal activists in the Nordic countries are transforming their identities through music, focusing on the role of new music in their attempts to escape association with skinhead hooliganism and forge alternative reputations as refined activists. more...

  • Light Come Shiningby Andrew PhD McCarron

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 14.99

    In this new biography of Bob Dylan, writer Andrew McCarron provides a unique look at Dylan's life and work by focusing on his various reinventions and incarnations. more...

  • Rockin' the Free World!by Sean Kay

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 37.99

    In Rockin' the Free World, international relations expert Sean Kay takes readers inside ?Bob Dylan?s America? and shows how this vision linked the rock and roll revolution to American values of freedom, equality, human rights, and peace while tracing how those values have spread globally. more...

  • Loft Jazzby Michael C. Heller

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 29.95

    The New York loft jazz scene of the 1970s was a pivotal period for uncompromising, artist-produced work. Faced with a flagging jazz economy, a group of young avant-garde improvisers chose to eschew the commercial sphere and develop alternative venues in the abandoned factories and warehouses of Lower Manhattan. Loft Jazz provides the first book-length... more...

  • Moving Performancesby Jeanne Scheper

    Rutgers University Press 2016; US$ 27.95

    Offering innovative theorizations of performance, reception, and affect, Moving Performances introduces readers to four remarkable divas from the early twentieth century?Aida Overton Walker, Lo´e Fuller, Libby Holman, and Josephine Baker?who worked as both cultural producers and critics, deftly subverting the tropes of exoticism, orientalism, and... more...

  • Women's Bands in Americaby Jill M. Sullivan

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 99.99

    In the first comprehensive exploration of women?s bands in American history, contributors trace women's emerging roles in town, immigrant, family, school, suffrage, military, swing, and rock bands, as well as society at large. Contributors bring together a series of disciplines in this unique work, including musicology, American history, women's... more...

  • Composing the Worldby Andrew Hicks

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 30.99

    Taking in hand the current "discovery" that we can listen to the cosmos, Andrew Hicks argues that sound-and the harmonious coordination of sounds, sources, and listeners-has always been an integral part of the history of studying the cosmos. In Composing the World , Hicks presents a narrative tour through medieval Platonic cosmology with reflections... more...

  • Gaspar Cassadˇby Gabrielle Kaufman

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Barcelonian Gaspar Cassadˇ (1897-1966) was one of the greatest cello virtuosi of the twentieth century and a notable composer and arranger, leaving a vast and heterogeneous legacy. In this book, Gabrielle Kaufman provides the first full-length scholarly work dedicated to Cassadˇ, containing the results of seven years of research into his life and... more...